Monday, July 12, 2010

Hot town, summer in the city

Yes, cliché title, I know, but summer has just hit here and I've been trying to cope. I wanted to share a few outfits with you. I've also been sewing some things for myself. I just realized what a great skill sewing is to have. I tried to brighten the images with my stellar photoshop skills, enough so you can see what's going on hopefully.

Summer 2

Summer 2

The top is self-made and based off a complex geometries top I have. I made it shorter in the front, slightly longer in the back and detached the strap so I can tie it different ways, and... black. It's kind of like their Binder tee, which I've learned isn't being made anymore!

Also the trousers are one of the things I ordered from Antonioli. I knew I wanted something with that bird print on it, and after trying these on in a local store, I was surprised that a printed pair of silk trousers would appeal to me so much! I got them 1 size up so they would be loose and breezy for summer.

Summer 4

This dress I made based off of one from Ann's spring 2009 collection. I tried it on at the Tokyo store, and after that I didn't see it anywhere outside of Japan... so I decided to make it going off my spotty memory. It involves a LOT of fabric...

Summer 3

Summer 3

Summer 3

This is my "lazy" outfit. I'm wearing it right now actually. I made the skirt last summer, and the sandals are new, from Jeffrey Campbell. Easy summer bag from Antonioli.

Summer 1a

Summer 1b

So this is a very sheer tank dress from Rick Owens from Antonioli. I'm trying to decide how to wear it re: modesty. I'm not exactly comfortable with nips to the breeze. Do you prefer the nude bodysuit or black lace bra? I find the nude bodysuit annoying because it's too small and cuts me in the armpit, thus making me feel like a stuffed sausage. I'm thinking I might sew up a one-shoulder bra to work with this perhaps. Let me know what you think.

I also made a pair of black micro-mesh leggings, which I've been wearing with a navy jersey Topshop dress. I'm so happy Topshop ships to Canada now. I'm keeping an eye on their new arrivals for fall coats!

28 comments:

Leslie said...

those pants are totally insane, they look awesome on you

and i like the black lace bra! it looks cooler and doesn't create the whole invisible nipple mystery thing

Persephone said...

I'm so glad you finally posted outfit pictures! My favorite is the first because those pants are fantastic. I also really love those JC wedges - they make some really nice shoes. With my sheerer rick stuff I either just go with the black bra look, or wear my nude nubra, so it just kind skims and you can't see anything. A nude one shoulder is a good idea too, though. Can I ask why you don't post on sz? These are all fantastic outfits!

WendyB said...

Those pants are amazing!

ZANA BAYNE said...

Go with the bandeau!

And funny that you mention the silk pants as the only bird print piece you want, because I feel the exact same way...if I were to get a bird print piece I would want the printed trousers. Gorgeous.

Amanda said...

love your "lazy outfit"!

Prêt à Porter P said...

You did phenomenal with the pieces you made yourself. I'm AMAZED with the white Ann D dress. I do like the simple black bag (isn't the bag that purchases from Antonioli come in or do they sell it separately?) And the Ann D bird trousers suit you perfectly. My vote goes to the black bra with the sheer dress. And your hair color is amazing too.

Flora said...

LOVE your version of the Complex Geometries top. Bummer they stopped making the Binder T.

You've inspired me to bust out the sewing machine.

lucinda said...

You've made some beautiful pieces! I like the look of the Rick Owens dress over the bandeau but if you have the skills to create a one-shouldered bra, you should do it.

Pennerad said...

i really like the bandeau and am pretty much agape and awed at your creativity. i love the ann d-style dress.
the wedges look like they'd make you tower. are they comfy as well?

Stephanie said...

Leslie- haha, yes, the invisible nipple mystery is something I hadn't thought about! Thanks.

Persephone- This is definitely the most sheer rick piece I own. Usually I buy his ribbed tanks, which are my favourite, but this is just a plain flat knit. I don't post my outfits on any public forum other than my blog, I guess because I'm intimidated...

wendy- thanks! I hope to get a lot of use out of them.

zana- I agree, now that I can stare at these photos the bandeau is far superior. A printed pair of pants would have been the last thing I thought I would be attracted to, but once you have them on they are really amazing! I also liked the sleeveless (non-hooded) vest in the light silk chiffon, but it's sold out most everywhere.

Pret- Thanks :) Yep, it's the free Antonioli bag. It's so nice and the perfect summer sac.

Amanda- thanks! I'm always worried my lazy outfits look a bit tooooo lazy, haha.

Flora- Yeah, I was bummed, but then I realized I could make something like it myself for about $10. I used a really nice organic cotton.

Lucinda- Thanks! I think I will make one, just to see what it looks like.

Pennerad- aw thanks so much! I wish the arch on the JC's was just a bit lower... I was actually considering taking them to the cobbler to see if they could cut them down, but they're pretty comfortable- there are a few little spots that annoy my feet, but not too bad overall! I'm not very tall, so I don't tower too much!

LL said...

Topshop ships to Canada now?
I saw that Jonathan+Olivia's blog posted a whole bunch of Topshop clothing last week but now I can order myself

Sarah: said...

Wonderful outfits!

I live in Vancouver too, and as the heat wave went on, my sense of style started to come undone.

It's good to know someone in the city is taking responsibility for keeping cool and looking incredible whist doing it!

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

lazy outfits are the best. you really do have great sewing skills! i would have never guessed that Ann D dress was not, in fact, Ann D. well done.

i like the nude but maybe you can find one more in a tank style (not spaghetti strap) and just cut one strap off so it goes with the shoulder of the dress.

Stephanie said...

LL- yes they do!

Sarah- thanks :)

mr.t- thanks for the compliment! You'd think after a degree in fashion design I would realize that I could make things, but until now I've never really made much for myself. I'm probably going to make a nude and a black one shoulder bra and see what looks better, or alternate between them depending if I want it showing or not.

THE DIVINITUS said...

loving that diy dress.

being able to sew must be a great skill.

i was just thinking same about my ro dress - so far i was layering it with a slip and tank, but now i think i need to layer it with another (same) dress.

Tara said...

I have never commented on your blog before, but I am a long-time reader. I LOVE your style - from the clothing you highlight, your interior goods, to the clothes you make. I am in awe. If I had the resources I would fly you out to be my personal stylist/shopper for one day. Just a shout out - cool blog and cool clothes. I still use the iron-on hem tape, so I am much impressed. Best, Tara (in San Francisco)

t said...

Love, love these outfits!

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Stephanie said...

the divinitus- I was thinking that with this dress as well, especially because it is so much thinner than any of my other rick owens tanks, it almost reminds me of the very delicate lilies tanks he does. I layer my tanks sometimes since they are all cut the same, but I would have to get a hold of another one of these one-shoulder dresses.

Stephanie said...

Tara- thanks, I'm really flattered!

Brigadeiro said...

Wow! How I wish I could sew like you! My skills are incredibly basic...LOVE the Ann D inspired dress!!!

jeana sohn said...

the dress you made is so amazing!!!

Genevieve said...

wow, love the white dress!

I Get a Fever said...

Great looks! Those silk trousers are gorgeous, the perfect thing for summer. I have a sewing machine and keep meaning to take some classes (since I don't know the first thing about sewing) but keep putting it off. But you're inspiring me to refocus on acquiring that skill...

catkin and teasel said...

Steph your lazy outfit is the bomb! Tee looks so breezy. Micro mesh tights are great, I half-live in mine. Bitch to sew, but definitely worth it.

Melissa said...

Look at you busy bee! Fabulous sewing jobs on all the garments! I'm especially impressed/in love with the white Ann 2009 dress. Sooo stunning! I'm inspired to start sewing clothes now!

Amy T said...

your diys are so cool.
i bought 3 metres of black fabric but i have no idea where to start. i;ve been sketching designs but im too scared to cut the fabric and begin just in case i waste it!

i wish i was more confident with the sewing machine.

black tide said...

I kind of like the nude look, but not if you're uncomfortable! The lace bra is nice too - I just started wearing more nude myself to counter all my black. All of the outfits are great - I like the long skirt with the nude shirt, I tend to wear pants or long shorts often so as not to look too femme but this is nice too. (Well, all the outfits are nice!)

mmr said...

these are some great outfits! Especially the first one, seriously, those trousers are beyond amazing ♥