Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PFW: Damir Doma

Damir Doma's show really resonated with me this season. I think it was the footwear. Those over-the-knee boots need to get in my life next fall. The chunkiness of the footwear reminds me of Ann Demeulemeester, in a really good way. Like, that they will be comfortable and look awesome at the same time, which is really important to me.

I also am really drawn to the long loincloth-like skirt panels- they have an ancient Egyptian look to them, in a way, and I love love love ancient Egyptian art & culture (I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger). I like these strange loincloth skirts used with familiar things, like a Mongolian fur coat, a simple zipped jacket or sweater.

Damir Doma FW 2011

Damir Doma FW 2011

Damir Doma FW 2011

I love the armbands too, even over a jacket!

Damir Doma FW 2011

Damir Doma FW 2011

Damir Doma FW 2011

Get a pair and wear them on the arms or the wrists- I like the symmetry.

Damir Doma FW 2011

Although I could never picture myself wearing something like this, I love the rusty colour and the weird abstracted animal print paired with brown boots.

Damir Doma FW 2011

Damir Doma FW 2011

Gah! These are #1 on my must-have list for next fall. I am saving my pennies now!

Damir Doma FW 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Vanessa Traina: style.com beauty feature

I love a good beauty feature that delves into the medicine cabinet and bathroom shelves of well-kept women. But I think one (ie. me) has to realize that some people are just born with perfect skin and perfect hair, and the products they use won't necessarily work miracles on you- as much as you want them to. Isn't it so irritating when the person featured says "oh it's just good genes" or "I don't even wash my face everyday" or "I get my hair professionally blow dried every day" or even "I get facials and manicures every week"?? Damn you. A long time ago I said I was going to take better care of myself and get a facial and manicure every month (I swear I have over active cuticles). Do you want to guess how long that lasted? 1 month. I got 1 facial and no manicure. I think I'm going to give another go at getting regular facials and manicures- starting NOW.

Vanessa Traina style.com

Vanessa Traina style.com

Vanessa Traina style.com

Vanessa Traina style.com

Vanessa Traina style.com

Vanessa Traina style.com

Sunday, March 27, 2011

london: yohji yamamoto exhibit

The other week J & I went to London to check out the Yohji Yamamoto exhibit at the V&A. The Victoria & Albert museum is one of my favourites, so I was looking forward to what they were putting together. I had been watching all the videos that were posted on their blog, which got me really excited to see it.

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We took the train to London and headed straight to the museum to see the exhibit. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed in the main exhibition area, but you can see pictures of it all over the internets, including on Style Bubble.

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The exhibit was a multi-media experience, with garments, films, catalogues, and books on show. There were also pieces of clothing placed throughout the museum- like a hide-and-seek of sorts, especially because we kept getting lost and couldn't find them all!

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Honestly, I was expecting a larger exhibit. I feel the videos of the research the curators did and the interviews with Yohji on the V&A blog are far more insightful than the exhibit itself. Sure, it is always fascinating to see great designer works in person, but overall it just didn't meet my expectations. If you can't make it to London to see the exhibit in person, I highly recommend checking out the V&A curator blog- there are some excellent pictures showing the process of putting the exhibit and the accompanying book together.

After the exhibit, we had lunch at a random pub and started hitting a few shops before we had to go back to Paris. My favourite store of the ones we checked out was Layers. I was really impressed by their selection of Guidi boots for women. It's not often you see that many of them in one place- it really makes me crave a new pair (short black back-zip please!) I also fell in love with this Damir Doma belt.

Damir Doma Spring 2011
(style.com)

Damir Doma Spring 2011 Belt
(antonioli.com)

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(Rick Owens London)

Of course I couldn't visit London without visiting the Rick Owens store. I was mostly just curious to see the space. It was a very fast trip- before we knew it, we were heading back to the train station to go back!

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I had never been to the Paris catacombs, so J and I went a little while ago on a weekday when it wasn't busy. It had rained the day/night before so it was very wet down there, which made it extra creepy. It's really awe inspiring. With each skull I like to think about who that person was, what they did and how they lived. I love history, and living in a city with such a rich and fascinating past gives me endless things to daydream about: The church I pass on the way to school, the building I live in, the cobblestone streets....

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(rick owens jacket, club monaco cashmere scarf, tsubi jeans, guidi boots, balenciaga bag)

It's outfits like this that remind me of the things in my wardrobe that are missing. An olive scarf and an olive bag with purple-toned boots? Sheesh. It reminds me that I need a black scarf, and later on a new black bag. Sometimes you just have to throw shit on to get out the door, and this is one of those outfits. To be honest I've been wearing a variation of the same thing for almost 2 months. It's only recently warmed up and I've started wearing different things (ie. not jeans 24/7)

Monday, March 21, 2011

PFW: Rick Owens

Rick Owens


(video c/o Antonioli)

It kills me that I was actually in Paris for fashion week and I didn't get to see my favourite designers' shows. Oh well, c'est la vie. I can still watch the videos and see the pictures and still be in awe.

Rick Owens F11

Rick Owens F11

Rick Owens F11

Rick Owens F11

The colour palette was the first thing that really drew me into this collection. Such a subtle mix of navy, different shades of grey, black, and even shades of brown and taupe. It's the combination of a good handful of these in the same outfit, along with the gradating layers (right down to the accordion-front boots) that is most appealing. The mixed-material jackets are stand-outs for me, with stiff, curved leather shoulders.

One of the best results that could come from seeing the above, is that the layering and colour combinations can all be achieved with items one already owns- even if all you own is black (see black layered look). I love finding new ways to think about or to combine the clothes I already own.

Rick Owens FW 2011
(luca cannonieri for gorunway.com)

I also really enjoyed the bright red lipstick, a surprising departure from the history of bare or eye-focused Rick Owens runway faces. I really love the YSL one I recently got, just for the record. Plus, go bleached eyebrows!

I'm definitely lusting after the cropped collarless jacket in the 2nd image, and the black sweater with the cut-out hem in the third.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Au Jardin des Plantes

Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée
(amazing!)

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Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

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Both located in Jardin des Plantes - 36, rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris

Thursday, March 17, 2011

PFW: Ann Demeulemeester

There was a lot I loved this PFW, and I am probably going to have to start a savings fund right now for next fall.

Ann Demeulemeester

(video c/o Antonioli)

I absolutely love Ann Demeulemeester. Watching the show on video even got an emotional reaction out of me. The styling is over the top, which I think is exciting for a show, and I quite enjoyed it. At the same time I am still able to pick out individual pieces that would easily integrate into my own wardrobe- my dream wardrobe!

Ann Demeulemeester F/W 11
This is my favourite outfit of the show, in terms of wearability for myself.

Ann Demeulemeester F/W 11

Ann Demeulemeester F/W 11

Ann Demeulemeester F/W 11
These new boots may be similar to the famed triple-lace (and single laced versions) boots of Fall 2008, which I will never get my hands on since they are selling for full retail plus more on ebay. These might be their replacement, though I'll have to wait to see all angles. The extra long leather leggings are also to die for- I neeeed a pair stat!