A long time ago I said I was going to start doing more menswear posts. I haven’t really lived up to that, so here’s my way of making it up to you. Recently I found a new place to get much better images of menswear so the quality issue I was having is fixed, huzzah. Over the weekend somebody left a message in my ask box to do Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd. I love the story and can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. For those who need a refresh—Sweeney Todd is the story of Benjamin Barker the barber and his twisted revenge lust. After a wicked judge’s eye falls on his wife and he is banished for crimes he didn’t commit, he returns to London to get his life back. As fate would have it, his shop is now above Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies. Mrs. Lovett welcomes him back and informs him of his wife’s death at the hands of the evil judge and the whereabouts of . Long story short—lots of people die when they go to get a shave. Awesome.
1. Barker is back in town
Coat, sweater and scarf by John Varvatos, shirt by Louis Vuitton, shoes by Burberry Prorsum
Coat by Burberry Prorsum, shirt by Neil Barrett, vest by Givenchy, pants by Alexis Mabille, shoes by Dries Van Noten
3. Fancy a shave?
Coat by Alexander McQueen, suit by Canali, shoes by John Varvatos
Also, it’s tumblr tuesday. I haven’t asked in a while but you could make my day and recommend me if you like.
I never really get to show my appreciation for Marni because they don’t do traditional runway shows—which means I can’t Textbook them up. But nevertheless, I always love it. All the clothes are approachable but have that same “Shit, where did you get that?” quality. As per my usual opinion, the outerwear was tops (#2) and I would definitely pick up some of the separates. Maybe this year I’ll actually be able to afford something from them. Good show Marni.
I always like Bottega, although it will always be beyond my reach. So far, they have my favorite look from all of the Milan shows, NUMERO DOS above. Along with Burberry and Jil Sander, Bottega has picked up on the color vibe. I don’t know, I don’t really have much else to say…Bottega is always good and I want that coat…too bad it’s like more than $4000.00
I always check out Vivienne Westwood expecting a little bit of theatrics and a very little bit of wearability. Who could forget the collection that was quite literally Derelicte from Zoolander? But her fall ‘11 show was a pleasant surprise. Finely tailored suiting, a nod to her English heritage and plenty of pieces you could do whatever you want with. That cardigan thing up there in #2 is pretty sweet, good with a leather jacket and whatnot. Good show. Unfortunately for us Americans, there are few places to purchase her collections.
As usual, Burberry was a tour de force in outerwear. Then again, that’s what fall shows are really about. The most memorable pieces were definitely the technicolor dream coats that started off the show. This group was patent and bold, a nice change to the often muted outerwear pieces that tend to dull an entire look down. After the vibrant pieces came a more subtle and traditional mix of toggles, brown plaid and shearling—much more approachable for the conservative customer. To top the show off there were details of cow print and a finale of rain and clear hooded slickers. It was a more light-hearted show than we’re used to seeing from Mr. Bailey, perhaps a nod to the slowly recovering economy. It never hurts to see a little optimism on the runway.
I’ve received tons of requests for a re-style of Daisy Buchanan. She was one of the very first posts I did back in 2009 so she was due. Having been unable to marry Gatsby prior to the story taking place, Daisy found herself a rich and suitable man in Tom Buchanan. However, once Gatsby begins hosting lavish parties and bathing in money, she rekindles their relationship. When her husband discovers the affair, he plays on Daisy’s greed and pride to end their love after an intense scene at The Plaza Hotel by exposing Gatsby as a bootlegger. Daisy rushes out of the city with Gatsby chasing after her and in their journey home, Daisy kills Myrtle (a minor character) with Gatsby’s car. Unable to identify the driver, Myrtle’s husband tracks Gatsby as the owner and murders him before committing suicide. Daisy, once in love with Gatsby, fails to attend his funeral and faces no penalty for her crime. Oh Daisy, I wanted to like you so much, but you’re disgusting.
1. “I live on East Egg, that’s like way better.”
Dress by Oscar de la Renta, coat and bag by Tory Burch, shoes by Loewe
2. “I’m going to a party on West Egg, when did I become this desperate?”
Dress and bag by Valentino, shoes by Dries van Noten
Ever seen Phantom of the Opera on Broadway or on film? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. I think we first saw it when we were kids. It’s a pretty spooky story about a tortured hipster that dwells beneath the Paris Opera House. When new management comes in, things start getting a little crazy. What unfolds is a tale of murder, chandeliers, love and toy monkeys! The heroine of the story is the talented Christine Daae who rises from chorus girl to Prima Donna. Orphaned as a young girl, she grew up in the opera as a ballerina. Anyway, just netflix it, it’s good.
1. Off-Duty Ballerina
Dress by Chloe, coat by Michael Kors, shoes by Valentino
Dress by Alexander McQueen, let’s just say the shoes are Rodarte for good measure
I love nintendo, I really do. For many years it replaced friends in my life and to a degree it still does. Also, I look extremely graceful playing the Wii, it’s like a dance. Anyway…the holy grail of Nintendo titles for me has always been the Legend of Zelda. From NES, to gameboy, to SNES, to N64, to Wii and everything in between it’s fucking amazing. The story’s heroine is Zelda, princess of Hyrule. She keeps pretty busy you know, protecting the triforce and helping defeat that jerkoff Ganon. So clearly you’re not dealing with a girl content to wait for some prince to rescue her, she means business.
1. Yo, this is my castle
Dress by John Galliano, shoes and socks by Meadham Kirchoff
2. Chillin’ in Kakariko Village with my homegirl, Impa
Jumpsuit and bag by Diane Von Furstenberg, shoes by Lanvin
Ahoy Textbook friends. I’m stoked to let the cat out of the bag (again, whoops I posted it for 3 minutes yesterday) about this Fashionista Jonie that starts today. I’ll be posting over there each week, but instead of doing characters from books and history, I’ll be doing fashion industry people. We chose Kate Lanphear, Senior Style Director of Elle to start because she’s fucking awesome. To see the looks, just head on over to Fashionista and drop a comment there or here for who you wanna see next. Of course you can always tweet to either of us (@johnjannuzzi and @fashionista_com)
And boom, Kate Lanphear is my 170th character post. Check them all out here in the index.
If you’re on tumblr, I’m hoping you have the deep appreciation for The Addams Family that I do. After all, before there was Lydia Deetz, there was Wednesday Addams. I think I may have watched Addams Family Values over 100 times as a kid which may explain my cynical nature. I too longed to destroy Camp Chippewa. Anyway, this is Morticia, Matriarch of the Addams clan. Nobody pulls off a sexy black dress quite like she does.
1. “You’ve placed Fester under some bizarre sexual spell…I respect that”
Dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
2. “Oh no he [The Cat in the Hat] lives”
Dress by Emilio Pucci, shoes by Haider Ackermann
3. “At his request, I would crawl on my belly through hat coals and broken glass!” “Why wait?”
Since you all loved Sandy, I thought I’d take a stab at ChaCha. Who could forget how she stole the spotlight from Sandy at the National Bandstand competition, or that crazy dress she wore. Alas, I could not find a dress to match her light blue on black with crazy ruffles and fishnet ensemble.
1. Riding in the wannabe Greased Lightning with the Evil Danny Zukko
Jacket by Burberry Prorsum, top by Proenza Schouler, pants by Balmain, boots by Isabel Marant
2. “They call me ChaCha, ‘cause I’m the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s”
Dress by Emilio Pucci, shoes by Calvin Klein
3. Thunder Road!
Dress by Calvin Klein, vest by Balenciaga, shoes by Haider Ackermann
Hello my Tumblr friends! So we all know how things work here in the tumblraxy—there’s your inspiration blogs, your editorial scanners, your personal style girls and your regular “hey this is my blog” types. Also my favorite kind, the advisors.
Tumblr is such a good platform because the entire membership is a really engaged community thanks to the ask feature, the like button and the re-blog button. I don’t follow many tumblrs but I always love to find ones that offer advice, particularly style advice. So if you have style questions I encourage you to ask the crew below.
Kat of That Kind of Woman In addition to some killer posts and keeping us up to date on her gentleman, Kat throws out some solid tips. Found her through all the other man tumblrs. Worth your time at http://thatkindofwoman.tumblr.com
Nico of Nickel Cobalt Nico is a gentleman’s tumblr let’s say. Lots of style stuff, lots of pretty girls and jazz. Like L.A.S., his tumblr is a supplement to his main blog, The Bengal Stripe (http://thebengalstripe.com) he’s always ready with some fashion advice at http://nickelcobalt.tumblr.com
There are plenty more out there, but these are just a few I wanted to share with you guys.
Ever seen Grease? Of course you have, this is America. So here we have Sandra Dee, the Aussie transplant who lands at Rydell High for her senior year. She spent the summer at the beach with Danny Zukko and she misses him dearly. As musicals would have it, Danny goes to Rydell! Ahhh! Of course, he’s not the same Danny that Sandy met at the beach. He wears black leather jackets, hangs out with a suburban gang and smokes cigarettes. Oh heavens. Sandy realizes the only way to be with Danny is to completely change herself. So she throws on some tight pants, a tube top, heels and a leather jacket and all is well! Yay.
Sarcasm aside, I fucking love Grease.
1. First day at Rydell High Dress by Valentino, blazer by Stella McCartney, shoes by Michael Kors
2. National Bandstand Dance Off!!!!!! Dress and bag by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Jonathan Saunders
3. Yeh Betteh Shape Up Shorts and tights by Balmain, shirt by Acne, jacket by Burberry, shoes by Prabal Gurung
Oh look, it’s Sleeping Beauty again…hooray! As I’ve mentioned before, the original fairy tale has the princess growing up in the castle and wandering the towers to find a spindle. Of course, since her father had banned all spinning wheels and spindles, she’s never seen one and is curious. BAM! MAN DOWN! MAN DOWN! One of the good fairies, who already lessened the curse from death to a true love kiss sleep comes and blankets the castle and court in thorns for protection. A really long time later, Prince John comes to the mythical forest and makes his way to the princess. They kiss and get married and have babies. When he is crowned king, he brings the princess to join him and his mother. When away fighting a crazy war, his mother orders the young family to a secluded cottage so she can cook and eat them. Really long story short, Prince John saves the day and the mother drowns in a pot of snakes and acid or something. Yaaay! Disney!
1. Stranger danger, young princess! Stranger danger.
Dress by Meadham Kirchoff, shoes by Rodarte
2. Guys, get your country clothes…your grandma is letting us stay in the cottage, fun!
Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, crew-neck by Michael Kors, shoes by Chloe
3. My Prince just smoked your ass and I’m the Queen of the castle now
Hey look! It’s everybody’s favorite galactic princess and it’s not Sailor Moon, Moon Kingdom be damned. Princess Leia was pretty badass. She’s the daughter of Darth Vader and Queen Amidala, princess of Alderaan and she helped the rebels fight the empire…good for her. Obviously, any princess who manages to battle enemies across the universe would have some killer style.
1. Han Solo, you’re so hunky.
Dress by Balenciaga, shoes by Christian Dior
2. No! Alderaan is a peaceful planet, we have no weapons!
Dress by Peter Pilotto, coat thing by Rick Owens, shoes by Christopher Kane
Following up to yesterday’s post on Odette, let’s look at her evil twin, Odile. As mentioned yesterday, Odile is the daughter of Von Rothbart. Upon finding that his hold over Odette might be broken by the faithful love of the prince, Von Rothbart disguises Odile as Odette to ensure that his curse won’t be broken. She appears at the ball and they trick the prince and he declares his love for Odile instead of Odette. Too bad so sad. By the time the prince figures out the jig, it’s too late and he has cursed Odette to be a swan forever. Sad Trombone. In the ballet, Odile appears as a Black Swan.
1. Daddddd, WTF is going onnnn?
Dress by Zac Posen, shoes by Prabal Gurung
2. Who is this guy? Like, what am I doing?
Dress by Alexander McQueen, tights and shoes by Balmain
I really liked your first 'White Witch' profile, good job! :)
And also; with 'Swan Lake' you forgot the extremely important ending!! There's the massive, epic battle between the prince and Rothbart. Unfortunately the prince ends up dying, but the point is that he and Odette are reunited in heaven. So good still sorta triumphs even though they both die. It is an EXCELLENT ballet! :)
P.S Love that "You should also know, Swan Lake is loosely based on my life." :P lol!
I told y’all my ballet was rusty. Read the above and keep an eye out for the Odette’s evil twin, Odile coming this morning.
Wow, I haven’t done Blogger Friend Monday in AGES but I’m gonna bring it right back. It’s tough to find good tumblrs out there so let me direct you to my friend Suz’s. It’s pretty solid, lots of fun images and random shit always worth a re-blog or at least a like. C’mon kids, follow up—you won’t be sorry!
I saw Black Swan and thought it was pretty tops. The movie is based around a young ballerina who is dancing the lead in Swan Lake. The story behind this ballet is pretty simple. A young prince runs away from his kingdom to escape an arranged marriage. In search of love he comes upon a lake full of swans and is startled by featheredish girl (paging Kanye West), Odette. Turns out, Odette was a princess who was turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and the lake is actually made of her parents’ tears, way harsh Tai. Long story short, to break the curse the prince must marry Odette. Fearful he might lose control over his prisoner, Von Rothbart disguises his daughter Odile as a black swan who tricks the prince into marriage. Forlorn with heartbreak despite the apologies of her prince, Odette jumps to her death and drowns in her lake. I think that’s how it goes anyway, my ballet knowledge is a little rusty.
Thank you! :) your blog is pretty awesome! I think my favourite would have to be Lydia Bennett! I reckon it would be really cool if you did the white witch from 'the chronicles of narnia', because it seems villans tend to have really cool clothes :P
Thanks so much, I actually have done the White Witch twice back in the day.
What’s an Elizabeth Bennet post without one of her sisters? Let’s look at Lydia, the flirtatious frivolous one, the carefree one, the one who like just doesn’t care about anything. Her behavior puts her family’s reputation in jeopardy along with her own well-being. After running away with the villainous Mr. Wickham and he is bribed to marry her, she considers it a fine marriage. I don’t know, Lydia’s just a bit of an airhead. I know a lot of girls like Lydia and sooner or later things catch up with them and they go crazy. But it’s always fun to watch.
1. Sup boyzzzz Dress by Isabel Marant, shoes by Peter Pilotto
2. Let’s go to the dance Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
3. My husband loves me, because he’s paid to love me Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Marc Jacobs
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lizzy Bennet of Pride and Prejudice is like the coolest girl in school. She’s nice, she’s pretty but not in annoying way and she’s impossibly fair and grounded. If only more girls out there would take a page from her book, le sigh. Sure, she’s a little bit of a country bumpkin, but it’s not like she’s Sarah plain and tall. If there was one woman from literature I’d grab some coffee with, it’d probably be her. JUST SAYING. Enjoy!
1. The is Meryton, it’s a friendly place Dress by Erdem, jacket by Jason Wu, shoes by Jonathan Saunders
2. Mr. Darcy, what’s your deal? Wait, let’s get married… Dress and shoes by Oscar de la Renta (duhhh)
3. Of course Lydia is hooking up with Wickham, OF COURSE SHE IS. Shorts by Marc Jacobs, top by Proenza Schouler, shoes by Paul Smith
So any suggestions for the next character post? I’d love to hear.
This has probably been asked a million times... but how do you create the character looks? Do you photoshop the pieces onto model bodies? Is it a website?
It’s a long and painful process. Basically I take a shot from the runway with the piece I like and rework them on to another model’s body. Each post takes about 2 hours but it’s totally worth it. Thanks for reading!