Good Monday morning to you all. Holden Caulfield was the very first post I ever did on Textbook. Somewhere down the line it got added into my tag line and now it’s kind of a thing. I haven’t styled him since the original post on 9/1/09 so here we go again. For those of you who don’t have a solid idea of who Mr. Caulfield is, I encourage you to read The Catcher in the Rye and get wise. But for our purposes, just imagine he is a bitter Upper East Side 16 year old aching to get out of his poor little rich boy life. What up #WHITEBOYPROBLEMS.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Don’t judge me if I post a bunch of pictures from my holiday later.
1. Pencey Prep Jacket, shirt and tie by Band of Outsiders, pants and shoes by Billy Reid
2. Callin’ out Phonies Coat by Robert Geller, sweater by Dries Van Noten, jeans by Gilded Age, vintage bag/shoes
3. Chillin with Phoebs Jacket by Michael Bastian, sweater by Paul Smith, pants by Alexis Mabille (random, I know), double monks by Robert Geller (or from his show anyway)
These are my boots. I wear them every single day when it’s chilly. They have holes in the soles, must get that fixed. They are Rachel Comey boots and she makes a damn good boot. See for yourself at her sweet ass website. Worth every penny…a re-sole and they’ll be good for years.
Was hanging out uptown yesterday and stopped by Ferragamo. As you might recall, this was one of my favorite collections from Fall 2010 and that sweater was one of my favorite pieces. It’s in the fifth avenue shop for a mere $1300.00 and is the softest most comfortable thing ever. I have $5.00 saved up so far.
DISCLAIMER: Today is my mother’s birthday, so send good thoughts out to the world and reblog this like crazy so she feels special. This post was her suggestion.
Most of you probably won’t know who Theodate Pope Riddle is, so let me enlighten you. She was one of the first women architects in America and paved the way for many women working in the field today. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School (now just Porter’s/my backyard) and designed her family estate, Hillstead, in town.
Hillstead Knowing Farmington as I do, I’d expect her style to be approachable, elegant and understated…more of the J.Crew and kate spade vibe than the Lily Pulitzer vibe. Hillstead now exists as a museum housing Hokusai prints, De Gas ballet dancers and Monet’s haystacks. We also walk the dogs here, it’s fun. Enjoy!
1. Taking a stroll on the lawn Dress by Ralph Lauren, jacket by Proenza Schouler, shoes by Celine
2. The Annual Garden Auction Dress by Ralph Lauren, shoes by Valentino
3. Sketching in the sunken garden Coat by Marc Jacobs, dress by Chloe, shoes by Jonathan Saunders
Ahoy! So, I’ve received a lot of messages and e-mails asking for me to start a menswear section of Textbook. As such, I will be posting more menswear looks from now on. Long time followers will remember that I used to do these often.
For the new kids, you can see all men’s character posts HERE.
You can see anything related to menswear including some old personal style shots, favorite products, collection reviews and character posts posted on Textbook HERE.
I am so frightfully tired this morning and I have no idea why. I need to get it together because tonight is the most important night of my life thus far, the premiere of Deathly Hallows. Today, let’s take a look at quarter Veela Fleur Delacour. We’re first presented with the Beauxbatons student in The Goblet of Fire but she comes back strong towards the end of the series after marrying Ron’s brother, Bill. Now, since she’s basically part nymph and one of Beauxbatons’ brightest students you know she’d have some killer style. Enjoy it, y’all.
1. That vampire from Twilight wouldn’t take me to the Yule Ball. Dress by Erdem, shoes by Peter Pilotto
2. Whatever, I’m marrying Bill Weasley, my favorite Ginger Dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Valentino
3. Welcome to Shell Cottage Dress by Valentino, shoes by Nina Ricci
Continuing the trend of Harry Potter Week, let’s re-examine Bellatrix Lestrange. She’s probably my favorite character in the books and who can deny the genius behind Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal in the films? Sure, she’s a killer and sure she’s mad but aren’t the mad ones always the BEST ones? Can’t wait to see how HBC turns it out in Deathly Hallows. Enjoy.
1. Neville Longbottom? How’s the folks? Dress by Ann Demeulemeester, cape by Comme des Garcons, shoes and tights by Balmain
2. Escape from Azkaban Dress by Yohji Yamamoto, cape by Rick Owens, shoes by Phillip Lim
3. I think Molly Weasley just called me a bitch…WTF?! Dress by Jean Paul Gaultier, shoes by Christian Dior
Good Tuesday morning to you all. I hope you’re enjoying your week thus far as we continue to celebrate the fast approaching release of Deathly Hallows. Good god, I was in the seventh grade when the first book came out and now at nearly 25, I can’t contain my excitement. Yesterday, I received quite a few requests for Professor Trelawny…so, like…here she is. Professor Trelawny is the perfect representation of that oddball teacher that we’ve all had before—a little eccentric, endearingly enthusiastic and somewhat mad. Naturally, eccentric enthusiastic madness means awesome clothes. Enjoy.
1. We’re going to cast ourselves into the BEYOND! Skirt and socks by Rodarte, shirt and scarf by Paul Smith, shoes by Chloe
2. Look at the cup, WHAT DO YOU SEE!? Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, coat by John Galliano, shoes by Hermes
3. Hurling crystal balls at Death Eaters Dress by Marni, bag by Ralph Lauren, shoes by Peter Pilotto
As you well know, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books & films. With the impending release of Deathly Hallows, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to our favorite Harry Potter characters. Many of them have made appearances before, including my all time favorite post, Luna Lovegood. Today, I tried my hand at Hermione Granger. Hermione was exceedingly difficult because the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York don’t really cater to the denim and striped sweater wearing Witch we’ve all come to love. So imagine this as a “high fashion Hermione,” lame I know but whatever. Enjoy.
1. “We’ve looked a hundred times!” “Not in the restricted section…” Suit by Proenza Schouler, coat and clutch by Michael Kors, shoes by Dries Van Noten
2. “Is that Hermione Granger? With Viktor Krum?” Dress by Jason Wu, shoes by Nina Ricci
3. Casting a Confundus Charm on Cormac at Quidditch Trials Coat by Derek Lam, dress by Jonathan Saunders, shoes by Paul Smith
Thank you all for the many suggestions, keep ‘em coming! Today I bring you Rosalind Connage, the second love of Amory from This Side of Paradise. She’s a New York City debutante, and sadly I know quite a few girls just like her. They’re born rich and will do anything to stay rich, despite the consequences. Rosalind eventually broke off her love affair with Amory because he hadn’t the fortune she was after. Such is life, and Amory was left with nothing but himself. Poor bastard.
1. UPTOWN GIRL, I’VE BEEN LIVIN’ IN MY WHITE BREAD WORLD Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Christian Dior
2. THE BEST THINGS ARE FREE, BUT YOU CAN KEEP THEM FOR THE BIRDS AND BEES Trench by Burberry Prorsum, dress by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Dries van Noten
3. CAN YOU PAY MY BILLS? I DON’T THINK YOU DO, SO YOU AND ME ARE THROUGH. Dress by Proenza Schouler, shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
If you follow my tweets, you’ll know that I have a mild obsession with Lord of the Rings…just when you thought I was cool. Anyway, I took a stab at Galadriel the queen of Lothlorien. She’s been around Middle Earth forever and was given one of the original rings way back in the day. She wasn’t a major character in the story but she was certainly a wise one. Anyway, elves were supposed to be the most beautiful beings in the universe so I bet she could wear clothes like nobody’s business.
1. I am the Lady of the Wood, CHILL SON Dress by Alexander McQueen, shoes and socks by Meadham Kirchoff
2. oh, look there’s the ring of power, GIMME GIMME GIMME Dress by Rick Owens, shoes by Rodarte
3. Oh Frodo, you’re going to die Dress by Rodarte, shoes by Michael van der Ham
You see this? You see this right here? This is Queen Elizabeth I. She was pretty much the most badass monarch to grace England…right up there with Eleanor of Aquitane and Queen Vicky (Victoria and I were on a nickname basis.) I’m sure you all know her well from your high school history classes and various wikipedia adventures so I won’t get into it. But let’s just say if you ascend the throne only to become a patron of the arts and fearless leader you’d probably have some pretty sick style.
1. An Armada? Please Phillip, this is so childish. Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Dries van Noten
2. You know what, we’re gonna call this “The Golden Age.” Dress by Giambattista Valli, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Seriously? I’m Henry VIII’s daughter, you have no idea who you’re messing with. Dress by Oscar de la Renta, jacket by Marc Jacobs, shoes by Nina Ricci
Ahoy mateys! So, as Textbook is now almost a year and half old, I seem to be running out of ideas. Luckily, the seasons of fashion change giving me new ways to experiment. Having said that, I’d like to revisit Joan of Arc. Our heroine is responsible for bringing a nation together in a time of great crisis and unrest. As fate would have it, political turmoil and intrigue put Joan to a cruel fate and she was burned as a witch and heretic by the English. Of course, one wonders how exactly Joan would fair in this age? Would she have an epic twitter following? A life-casting blog? Or perhaps she’d be a commanding officer, either way you can’t deny her lasting impression on the world.
1. Peasant Joan Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Peter Pilotto
2. To battle! Raawwrr! Dress by Rodarte, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. St. Joan Dress by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Rodarte
And as I said, I’ve been finding it very difficult to come up with new characters…I implore you to leave suggestions in my ask box and thank you kindly for all those already sent! You can also e-mail them to me. Enjoy your weekend, Tumblr!
So, yesterday I had the opportunity to check out the Lanvin <3 H&M collection. Honestly, we’ve all seen these collabs before and you can never be too sure if it’s going to be a success. Oftentimes a designer’s DNA is restricted when working with any mass retailer and you don’t get a true representation. I don’t think anybody could say that about Lanvin’s work with H&M. It’s everything you’d expect from Alber Elbaz, pushing silhouettes and playful use of ruffles all while maintaining that “if you fuck with me, i will kill you with my eyes look,” which is my favorite. There’s really no denying it’s Lanvin and courtesy of the prices, there’s no denying it’s H&M. Smashingly awesome. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a few of these pieces pop up on Textbook soon either.
The collab will be available in about 200 stores nation-wide on November 20 and no doubt they’ll be lines out the door.
A couple weeks ago I got a package from Threadless. I’ve been a fan of Threadless for some time, they basically give anybody the chance to have their design produced on a t-shirt. Users upload designs, the community votes and the winners get a chunk of cash and bragging rights. They recently launched a line called “Threadless Select" that are community designs produced on higher quality fabrics and chosen by their staff.
I copped the above, for some reason it reminded me of The Goonies and I couldn’t resist. It’s nice and soft, good for layering and definitely a little more fitted than their traditional pieces. The t’s run at $35.00 each, take a look. Be sure to set up your own profile too, if your design gets voted by the community and printed you get $2000.00 and a $500 gift card…WOOT.