I’ve posted Eloise once before but she’s a fun character so let’s revisit, shall we? She’s perhaps the most uptown of uptown girls having grown up at the Plaza Hotel and we all know what happens to uptown girls when they grow up—they shop like fiends. Without fail, every time I take a spin uptown to Barney’s, Bergdorfs or Saks, they’re out in full force decked in finery and weighed down by Amex Black cards. Now, that doesn’t make them bad people, actually most of them are quite friendly but you know Eloise would be quite similar. So here you go, Eloise, the uptown girl all grown up.
1. Tea at the Palm Court
Dress by Burberry Prorsum, cape by Karen Walker, shoes by Miu Miu
2. Some fancy Cotillion
Dress by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Miu Miu (What? I like Miu Miu.)
3. Hitting up The Trifecta-Barneys, Bergdorfs and Saks
Folk tales and Fairy tales aren’t what they used to be, I suppose we have Disney to thank for that. The original stories, as I’ve said time and time again, are for more entertaining. One of my favorites is the tale of Bluebeard. Bluebeard was an enormously wealthy man feared for his ugliness and blue beard and because his wives seemed to all mysteriously disappear. Intent on marrying again, he visited a neighbor to petition for one of their daughters to be his bride. The girls desist but after the younger sister agrees to attend an impressive banquet at his home, she marries him. Shortly after they’re married, Bluebeard leaves the castle on business (or something) and gives his new bride all the keys and instructs her to spend as she wishes, entertain as she likes and generally have a good time. Before heading out he tells her not to unlock a room in the dungeon with a certain key. Naturally, the girl can’t resist and with her sister is horrified to find the bloodied corpses of his former wives in the room. She drops the key in a pool of blood and in an oh-so-macbeth fashion, the stain will not come off the key. HORROR! HOMEGIRL IS GONNA GET TROLLED. When her husband suddenly returns and finds the tell tale key, he threatens to behead for her insolence but she bargains for time to pray before her death. The sisters lock themselves in the highest room of the tallest tower (as per usual) in an attempt to escape. Sidenote: what is it about the tallest tower that screams “freedom?” Moving on, just before Bluebeard murders the pair, their brothers come in and rescue them in heroic style and then they all live off Bluebeard’s money. So, the moral of the story is—don’t trust people with beards. Thanks, here’s the younger sister, bye.
1. Psh, I don’t wanna marry that guy…
Coat by Tsumori Chisato, shoes by Miu Miu
2. But, he put on a nice spread so I’ll just marry him
Dress by Temperley London, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. This party seems like a perfect time to find a torture chamber
If you’ve been keeping up with my personal blog and my tweets then you probably understand that I have a deep love for The Eagles. How could you not? There’s so much to love—Hotel California, Heartache Tonight, Desperado, Lyin’ Eyes, Peaceful Easy Feeling and of course Witchy Woman or in Seinfeld talk Witchaaay Woman. Of course, all music is subjective and Witchy Woman is about everybody’s particular dream woman. My Witchy Woman is different from your Witchy Woman. Not to say that the above is mine, but you get the idea. For this post I went with a little more of a literal understanding of the song and went after a hexing vibe. Enjoy it. Don’t forget to listen to the song below.
1. Raven hair
Dress by Gucci, shoes by Emilio Pucci
2. Ruby lips
Cape by Lanvin, dress by Meadham Kirchoff, shoes and tights by Prabal Gurung
3. Sparks fly from her fingertipssss
Dress by Prabal Gurung, boots by Rodarte
Don’t mind the AWFUL music video below, enjoy the song…
So Textbook just hit 25,000 followers. I can’t thank you enough for your support over the past year and a half. There’s some exciting stuff coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned. Once I get the hang of my new job I’ll be able to post more often. Thanks again, you’re swell.
Fair warning to you all, now that The Borgias has started on Showtime I’ll probably be rediscovering my love for Italian Renaissance history. I’ve done a few before, Catherine Medici is around here somewhere but anyway, I digress. The Borgia family is notorious for their corruption and power plays in Rome during the late 1400’s. The patriarch of the family famously bought his Papal throne at the Vatican and played his family accordingly. Of course, for any young woman in a powerful family was used as a token of alliance by marriage. Enter Lucrezia Borgia who married into another powerful Catholic family and then another and then another, all surrounded by a little mystery. There are very few surviving portraits of the Borgia heiress but she was allegedly quite beautiful, cunning and at one time as corrupt as the rest of her family. Although, as she became older and raised her children her image did clean up a bit. But I dare to say she was far from angelic. By today’s standards she’d be you know, totally normal. Not sure why I put her in all black but damn she fine.
1. “I don’t think my father, the guardian of the Catholic faith, would be too pleased to hear about this”
Dress by Alberta Feretti, shoes by Bottega Veneta
2. “You know who’s looking fine tonight?” “Cesare Borgia” “Okay, you did not just say that, he is your brother” “What? He’s a good kisser.”
Dress by Emilio Pucci, coat by Fendi, shoes by Lanvin
3. “She has two painted portraits and a silver carriage”
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Bella is perhaps the most heroic of all the characters I’ve posted before. She tempts fate, she dances with vampires and werewolves and manages to find some meaning for existence in the pacific northwest. I mean, how could you not be impressed? She’s just so strong and I remember when I read the books the first six times I thought, “Wow, I wish I could be that strong” but we all know I never will be. I’m just vampire food. Whatever, she’s way better than Hermione Granger and she could probably kick her ass. We all know Hermione is just a joke.
Dress by Mary Katrantzou, shoes by Valentino
Coat by Oscar de la Renta, dress by Miu Miu, shoes by Band of Outsiders
3. DAKOTA FANNING!!!!!
Jumpsuit by Tory Burch, coat by Prada, shoes by Giambattista Valli
Oh, she’s one nasty bitch that Mrs. Reed. As you’ll recall from your high school lit classes, Jane Eyre was Mrs. Reed’s niece and Mr. Reed charged his wife with raising her after his death. Being the god-fearing woman she was, Mrs. Reed obliged. She and her three children tormented poor Jane—throwing books at her, locking her in supposed haunted rooms and basically ruining her life. Eventually Mrs. Reed sent Jane to the Lowood school for some more torture with a religious twist. She was the HBIC of Gateshead and she sucks. When Jane grew older, they made some kind of peace…even after Mrs. Reed told Jane’s only family that she was dead. Good lord.
1. Um, Jane, I hate you.
Coat by Dries Van Noten, dress by Donna Karan, shoes by Bottega Veneta
2. Children, I hate Jane.
Dress by Chloe, coat by Celine, shoes by Fendi
3. I’m on an all carb diet, god Karen you are so stupid.
Coat by Marni, pants by Gucci, shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo
Absolutely love everything you post. My boyfriend loves J.Crew, but on a college budget it's not so easy for him. Do you know of any online stores or stores in general that are similar to J.Crew but have a lower price range? Thank you very much, really appreciate it.
Ah, I had the same problem in college. I would try looking at ASOS. It’s not necessarily completely on brand with J.Crew but there would be some good options there as well.
Hey guys. Any ideas on who I should post for my next Fashionista.com guest post? Has to be a fashion industry personality, somebody we all know and think is awesome. Past entries are here: http://fashionista.com/?s=textbook.tumblr.com
What do you get the man that has everything? A wife, and after that, another! It’s everybody’s favorite royal heretic, King Henry VIII! You may remember him from such classes as World History I and AP European history. King Henry was most famous for his failed marriages, first to the Catholic Catherine of Aragon, then to Anne Boleyn, then to Jane Seymour, then to Anne of Cleves, then Catherine Howard and finally to Catherine Parr. Oh what craziness. You might ask, how could one have all of these different wives? Death helped a little bit, but Henry also famously broke from the Vatican and became head of the church. Basically, he could do whatever he wanted. Steez.
1. I’m currently on my 3rd wife
Coat by Alexis Mabille, sweater and shirt by Bottega Veneta, pants by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Paul Smith
2. On the hunt, for a wife
Coat by Corneliani, sweater and shirt by Rag & Bone, pants by Junya Watanabe, shoes by Thom Browne
Just throwing a shout-out to my personal blog that’s a lot more random. It’s called Rogue Bicycles because one time a cyclist almost ran my friend and I over and I screamed, “Watch out! Rogue bicycles! Woohoo.
So what happens to the kid who spends his dreams where the wild things are? He grows up to wear Junya Watanabe, duh. We all know the book and some of us enjoyed the movie, although, I don’t count myself one of those that enjoyed the film. After being punished for running around the house in his wolf costume, he imagines a world entirely separate from his bedroom and comes across the wild things. The wild things crown him the king after he stares them down and they dance all night long (all night lonngggg, all niggghtt). Soon though, Max misses his home and is back in his room. You know any kid that can pull off a wolf costume and be crowned king of the wild things would have some sick style and would wear his favorite jeans and sneakers over and over. Right brain for the win.
1. I’m king of the wild things
Sweater by Loden Dager, coat by Rag & Bone, jeans by Junya Watanabe, converse shoes
2. Let the wild rumpus start!
Coat by Band of Outsiders, shirt by Paul Smith, jeans by Junya Watanabe, converse shoes
3. I wanna go homeee
Coat by Gilded age, shirt by Band of Outsiders, jeans by Junya Watanabe, converse shoes
Fair credit: This post was Kristina's idea. We went to college together, she writes for Gawker and if you think I'm snarky…you should meet her and her friends. SNARKTRONS.
In a recent discussion at the office, we were going over our favorite books from high school. All the usuals made their appearances, Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, A Separate Peace, Of Mice and Men and of course The Great Gatsby. I’ve posted Jay Gatsby before and Daisy twice but thought I’d take another look with the new collections. The brief rundown is—Gatsby is rich and has a crazy love affair with Daisy, but Daisy is a greedy trollop who only cares about status. Gatsby dies and despite their love for each other, that bitch doesn’t even show up to his funeral. Good god woman, have some respect. In the crazy Jazz age of East and West Egg, there were some great parties and plenty of money floating around, so you’d best believe Gatsby had some good style or…steez.
1. What’s up Daisy, look at my designer jeans…yah, a lot has changed since high school.
Coat and scarf by Corneliani, cardigan, shirt and tie by Canali, jeans by Junya Watanabe, boots by Paul Smith
2. Daisy, you just killed that woman! (edited from man, i read the book over 10 years ago, gimme a break)
Coat by Rag & Bone, pants by Salvatore Ferragamo, shirt by Junya Watanabe, cardigan by Billy Reid, shoes by Hermes
3. This party SUCKS, but at least I look AWESOME
Coat by Thom Browne, suit and shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
I hope you’ve been enjoying the Fashionista posts lately. It’s high time I did a post on some of the men that run this crazy industry. Following up on the Linda Fargo post from last week, we’re doing Nickelson Wooster tomorrow. Stay tuned, I’m excited.
If I remember correctly the restrictions are on the brand not the actual designer. So the new designer of Christian Dior will be a Couturier because Dior is a Couture house. The sanctions are like you have to have an atelier in Paris and employ x amount of people. It's not on the actual designer. That's of course if I remember correctly I did the research a year or two ago.
It is on the house and not the designer, but, Lacroix is one of the few that has had experience working in a house with these restrictions. For example, Valentino was able to participate in couture after he left. It’s the experience that I think would be key here.
In your article about Galliano's replacement you mentioned that the French government has restrictions on couture design. Out of curiosity, I wonder what those restrictions are? If you get a chance could you please explain this a bit more. Thanks, by the way I really enjoy reading your blog.
In order to be considered a true couture house, you have to be sanctioned by the French government. There are strict laws, I’m not sure of all of them. However, it is regulations such as these that prevent any Tom, Dick or Harry from claiming they are couture designers. Without the legal permission of the French government, you cannot truly be considered a couture designer. I do not know the exact laws off-hand but I do know they mention number of employees, number of showings, clientele etc. Google it for more info. I am tired.