I’m a little rusty on Dorian Gray, so forgive any errors up in this piece. It centers on the idea of selling your soul, or exchanging it for something. It’s a common theme, I believe it was first seen in Faust or Faustus. The protagonist sells his soul for a life he thinks would be better. Things go on and he lives a fantastic, pleasure-seeking life and then goes to Hell. Yay, Hell! Of course, this theme is everywhere from Billy Joel to Elizabeth Hurley and to Dorian Gray. In Dorian Gray, the lead trades a normal life for an eternal youth. Through the influence of others he lives a hedonistic life. It must be tough to have tons of sex and be really really ridiculously good looking. Trouble is, as Dorian’s sins mount, his true self is revealed in the portrait. His once handsome image is ravaged by his actions. Slowly, he comes to see that his life is a farce, a farce I say! However, despite his attempts at repenting and redemption, he couldn’t change it back. Frustrated with rage, he stabs the painting, killing himself and restoring the original work. Heavy shit.
1. Wow, I am so damn good looking, everybody thinks so. Like OMG, look at me.
Jacket by Roland Mouret, shirt and scarf by Maison Martin Margiela, pants by Prada, shoes by Acne
2. Hold on, I gotta sit for this portrait yo.
Suit by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Paul Smith
3. Stop looking at me, portrait Dorian!
Jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo, sweater by Maison Martin Margiela, pants by Bottega Veneta, shoes by Dries van Noten
Hey look, a post. My apologies for the absence as of late, but then again I have no obligation to do this so apology revoked. Meh. Thanks for all the great suggestions the other day which included Carmen from the famous opera, Carmen. It’s a little bit complicated but let me give you the quick version. Carmen is a gypsy who works in a cigarette factory (DREAM JOB) and falls in love with Jose. Some craziness ensues after she stabs her coworker and they escape with some bandits. But, wouldn’t you know it, Carmen falls out of love with Jose and in love with another dude. Some time later, after some things happen, Jose pleads once more with Carmen to spend her life with him. She says no, and when she goes to check her tumblr he kills her. Oh, what a life. While we’re on the subject of Carmen, I highly suggest you listen to the famous Habanera…it’ll set your Wednesday off right.
1. I work in a cigarette factory, look at me!
Skirt by Bottega Veneta, shirt by Dries van Noten, shoes by Emilio Pucci
2. JOSE! MI AMOR!
Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Chloe
3. JOSE! I HATE YOU.
Dress by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Celine
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
All images from Vogue UK.
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.
1. I’m a Man Repeller, look at my feathers.
Top by Nina Ricci, skirt by Dolce & Gabbana, shoes by Erdem
2. UM NO, THAT BITCH DID NOT JUST TAKE MY MAN
Dress by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Chanel
3. I don’t want no scrubs.
Dress by Valentino, shoes by Alexander McQueen
Oh, also…there’s a Black Swan meme on memegenerator.net…I mean…get into it.
You should also know, Swan Lake is loosely based on my life.
All images from Vogue UK.
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
All images from Vogue UK.