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.
Everybody is speculating who will replace John Galliano, the anti-semetic pirate, at Christian Dior. It would be great to see Christian Lacroix step in there. Galliano was from the romantic school of designers that came out of the U.K. and there are very few of them left—the only one that really comes to mind is Vivienne Westwood and I can’t imagine she would be able to fill the shoes at Dior and her own house. However, Lacroix has the same flair for drama that Galliano did when it comes to couture and has experience translating that to ready to wear (although, his ready to wear was never financially successful I think).
The difficult thing with replacing Galliano is the couture background of the house. When Valentino left his eponymous label, the mood of the couture show completely changed. It definitely marked a turn for the future at Valentino but Dior is so known for absurdity at couture. Also, with the restrictions on couture design from the French government, Lacroix is one of the only ones around with the experience to handle it.
Following up on the Ms. Havisham post from the days of yore, here is her adopted daughter Estella. I don’t really know what to make of Estella. As a man, I hate her for how she treated Pip and his peers. However, she was raised to torture men and was essentially a pawn in Ms. Havisham’s plot for revenge. You almost have to pity her, she was doomed from the get-go. On a more humorous note, when considering this post I thought she’d have to be everything that The Man Repeller is not. Having been raised to win men’s hearts only to leave their love unrequited is not an easy task. In the words of The Man Repeller this work would require “Man Getter” style clothing.
1. Hello, Pip. Coat by Marni, dress by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Jonathan Saunders
2. Marrying for Money Dress by Jason Wu
3. Heartbreaker (to the tune of Pat Benatar) Dress by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Gucci
Do you know who HATES Cruella Deville? PETA, that’s who. Spending her days designing for her swanky label, House of Deville and spending her nights killing puppies, she’s one of the meanest villains around. Yet, despite her obvious animal cruelty issues, she has impeccable style. I can’t condone the killing of dalmatian puppies and everybody has their own preference on fur but hot damn, she’s an eccentric dresser.
1. “Now go and stand somewhere until I need you.” Coat by Oscar de la Renta, dress and tights by Jason Wu, shoes by Thakoon
2. “I’ve seen more intelligent pieces of carpet.” Coat by Prabal Gurung, dress and shoes by Proenza Schouler
3. “Congratulations. You three have just won the Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Morons Olympics.” Coat by Gucci, dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Marc Jacobs
How do you get to attend these fashion shows? I mean, I know your work involves PR and management or something, but how does that translate into being allowed backstage? (Not bitchy, just curious)
Well, since you’re curious and not bitchy. I’ve worked in the industry for a a bit so I’ve made a lot of friends that are very kind to let me into something like that. Also, I request access to some shows which is a pretty common thing for anybody. This past fashion week most of my access was arranged by the Tumblr crew. Most of the shows I attend are not on behalf of my job but on behalf of things like Textbook and relationships I have outside of the office. However, if you’re looking for a job that will allow you to attend fashion shows…you’d best get into editorial, buying or styling. Easier said then done, but that’s your best bet.
Hey look, it’s everybody’s favorite spinster! Yesterday I finally looked at the Prabal Gurung fall 2011 collection and read it was inspired by Miss Havisham. For me, the inspiration rang true, lots of romantic cuts and a little bit of drama…very Dickensian and Havishamian. For those of you who haven’t read this book in your high school curriculum, allow me to enlighten you. Miss Havisham is a middle aged woman who grew up wealthy and when she was younger, she was left at the altar by the man she loved. That man was only after her fortune. Oh no, drama. After learning this news, she goes bonkers and freezes her life at the moment she found out—clocks stopped, wedding dress forever and one shoe on for the rest of her days. She then adopts a daughter and eventually raises her with the hopes she will destroy men’s lives to seek revenge. Charming. She’s not the main character of the story but she’s certainly a hoot.
1. This old thing? Dress by Rodarte, fur by Anna Sui, boots by Oscar de la Renta
2. I’m getting married today!!!! Head to toe Temperley London
3. Estella, destroy him. Dress by Prabal Gurung, coat by Rodarte, shoes by Meadham Kirchoff
I always enjoy what Oscar de la Renta turns out and this season was no exception. From what I could tell, there were two themes happening. The first was this kind of Russian folklore motif with collage, prints and fur accents. The second was along the same lines, but with an icy tweak—silver, white fur, sleek silhouettes, lots of shine and an almost Bond girl thing goin’ on. Actually, when the first dress rounded the runway the music took a very Bond turn. Anyway, it was a great collection as usual.
I really like your blog. I stumbled across it from reading "What I Wore." The Great Gatsby and The Cather in the Rye are my two of my favorite books. And I love Franny and Zooey too. I'm really surprised though that you didn't style any of Holden's looks with the Buffalo plaid (like his Hunting Hat) because that is a big part of the book. Have you thought about doing Jane, Sunny, Allie, Stradlater (he'd be fun! He's basically a Chace Crawford ala Gossip Girl), DB, or Sally before? I think Jane would be a lot of fun too because she is also the "catch he wants to save" like you said.
I'm also surprised you haven't done Edward Cullen or any of the Cullens from Twilight. Those books are pretty big; it'd be cool to see what you think they'd wear. It'd be cool to see Nick Carraway from Gatsby too.
Thanks so much. I get a lot of comments about the buffalo plaid hat, but I figure since everybody knew this already it didn’t make sense. No big deal. I have thought about doing the others but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I will never do a post on the twilight books. Good day.
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I think I was the bad guy from the 80’s movie. And this concludes my coverage of NYFW. Thank you tumblr, it’s an experience I won’t soon forget.