Sorry, not into the tailoring on these pants. The plaid ones look quite like a pair of pajamas I have. Also, not digging that fur coat situation-maybe it’s just the picture but it doesn’t look like it justifies the price tag I’m betting it has.
Nobody expects Steven Alan collections to be particularly forward thinking. Overall, I thought this was pretty amazing—very clean lies, lots of layering but not in an overwhelming way. There were lots of playful prints in the womenswear and some very interesting knitwear pieces for men. I dunno, this is the way I dress all the time. Very Holden Caulfield, very.
So I may have covered this already but I used to intern for Gilded Age. I can tell you that the quality of these clothes is near unparalleled. Having said that, I’ve been keeping a close eye on what my old boss has been up to and when I finally got a chance to scope this out, I was thrilled. It’s a great evolution of where the brand has been and owns the American Trad more than anything I’ve seen in a while. I was particularly impressed by the outerwear, there seems to be a lot more thought put into it this fall than last. I won’t get to into the womenswear but it was a great compliment to the men’s pieces, I’d say it straddles the line of Opening Ceremony and J.Crew…weird. Good show.
Hey guys. It’s fashion week time, I’m stoked. Woohoo fantastic. I’ll try and keep up the usual posts here as best I can but expect a little bit of different content this week. Some collection reviews, some vids, some other stuff and whatnot. Glad to be here, you take care now.
So, this may shock you…but I love X-MEN. Gasp. Shock. Awe. Wah. I really need to do more superheroes on here and do forgive me for being brief today, life has been quite busy lately. Here we have Storm also known as Halle Berry. She can control weather and is pretty badass. Cool, done.
1. LIGHTNINGS! Jumpsuit by Gareth Pugh, shoes by Burberry
2. TORNADOES! Dress by Haider Ackerman, shoes by Rick Owens
3. SNOWBALLS! Dress by Givenchy, shoes by Alexander McQueen
Hey everybody, fashion week is coming up…really soon actually. Just a heads up that I’ll be going as part of tumblr’s whole nyfw initiative. I am excited, thank you for your time and have a great night. Eat some chocolate, have a glass of wine, have two what do I care?
“There are a lot of elements about the fashion world that wear on you, like going to eight shows a day. And every time you walk in it is like walking into a high school cafeteria: who is wearing what and who is talking to whom and who is sitting where.”—Adam Rapoport, former Style Director of GQ.
A couple weeks ago I asked for some suggestions of Asian folklore for Textbook and got tons of responses, so thanks for that. The first one up is Ameonna, a Japanese rain spirit. Legend has it that she exists as a cloud in the daytime and rain in the evening. Pretty snazzy. Collection wise I was happy to hit up Tsumori Chisato and you know, Rodarte because I use them for everything. Hooray for rain spirits.
1. Whatup, I’m a cloud right now
Dress by Wunderkind, scarf by Yohji Yamamoto, shoes by Thakoon
Hey everybody. If you happen to be going to the IFB conference during NYFW, come say hi…I’ll be moderating a panel on Professional Blogging. As a blogger who has a profession that is blogging related, this should be pretty interesting. Do come by!
So this past weekend I was boning up on my Greek Mythology, you know by watching Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief because I’m 13 and I thought I’d give Persephone a try. Traditionally she is known as queen of Hades but before that she was just a goddess who was chillin. One day she was hanging out with her nymph friends and Hades kidnapped her. TWIST! Meanwhile, back at Chez Olympus, her mother started flipping out and demanded that she be returned. Hades bowed to the gods’ will but before she left, Persephone ate some pomegranate seeds. As fate would have it, those who eat or drink in the Underworld must stay there FOREVER. However, Persephone was able to spend one season of the year in Hades and live the rest above. The Greeks believed this to be the reason behind the four season—when Persephone is in Hades, her mother’s sadness keeps us in winter. Fun.
1. Um, guyssss, what is Hades doing here?
Dress by Tsumori Chisato, shoes by Vivienne Westwood
2. Great, just great, I’m stuck in the underworld. BUT LOOK AT MY NEW DRESSSSS!
Dress by Christian Dior Haute Couture, shoes by Alexander McQueen
I get a lot of shit for supporting Balmain across the board. But good god, this collection was awesome. I’ve been keeping an eye on their menswear and it gets a little better every season. True it is outrageously expensive, but the menswear is much more approachable then womenswear. Plus, it’s exactly the way I like to dress.
I do believe I’ll pick up some Balmain come Fall ‘11. Check out the rest.
So lately I’ve been really into Chinese Opera…don’t ask me how it started because I couldn’t tell you. As I was rolling around the city listening to Chinese Opera it made me realize that Asian Literature/History has been SORELY neglected here on Textbook. So if you have any suggestions let me know—folklore, legends, history, stories, mythology, anything is welcome. Please reply here or in the ask box.
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.