empress theodora of byaznatium was one of the first rulers i learned about in high school. she was part of that massive curriculum of ‘world history’ that we were taught over two consecutive school years. as far as her accomplishments, i’m ashamed to say i can’t tell you many of them. i recall her in a positive light and i do remember that it was under her and her husband (emperor justinian) that hagia sofia was built. the most clear images i have of empress theodora are mosaics. perhaps it was the artist in me that was naturally drawn towards the culture of each country we studied rather than the history itself but i thought those mosaics were amazing. the time and craft put in to each one is insane, i guess thats what you do when you don’t have tumblr. so when styling her for ‘the now’ i reverted back to those mosaics and the result was patterns, applique and a decidedly warm weather wardrobe.
1: empress theodora: dress by isabel marant, shoes by dvf
2: let us build hagia sofia!: dress by dvf, shoes by kris van assche
3: my dress looks like a big mosaic: dress by matthew williamson, shoes by stella mccartney
i recently voiced praise for my beloved missoni. i’d be remiss if i did not call attention to one of my favorite womenswear designers, isabel marant. you can see the similarities to missoni above which is probably why i like her so much. engaging prints, very easy fits and a unique voice to each look. so pray be upstanding for isabel marant.
1, 2, 3: isabel marant spring/summer 2010
yesterday evening as i rode the train home from work, i was wandering through shuffle mode on my ipod. after being mildly embarrassed at an immasculating smattering of miley cyrus, the glee cast and lady gaga i was relieved to hear deathcab for cutie’s cover of earth angel (the classic by frankie valli and the four seasons). it was perfect for unwinding after a hectic day at work. i immediately started to think of what the earth angel might look like today. sure, back in the day she probably looked something like barbara ann but now she’d be much different. i’d imagine earth angels would be those girls that just throw a bunch of crap on but somehow look so put together, but so unpretencious. then when you finally bump into them you’re like oh shit, earth angel. picture the setting-drinking a beer at a bar after work by yourself and then earth angel walks in probably waiting for others and just sort of walks on by, but you’re starstruck… awesome.
1: earth angel on the street: romper situation by rachel comey, shirt by balmain, shoes by stella mccartney
2: earth angel is going to a party: jacket by balmain, dress by halston, shoes by jonathan saunders
3: earth angel needs groceries: dress and bag by isabel marant, shoes and socks by rag and bone
on the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing. so continuing with the 12 days of christmas (of which i started at 10, big whoop) i give you 3 looks for dancing holiday ladies. one of the greatest things about this season is the parties. the best ones are usually filled with really old friends who know pretty much everything about you. thus, you can dance like a crazy person and drink too much wine and eat too many cookies without feeling weird. so i took a gander through the collections and here you have three super fun party looks for all the dancing ladies out there. trouble is there are ten lords-a-leaping…somebody is going home alone. wop wop. happy holidays!
1: i hope they play single ladies: coat by isaac mizrahi, dress by matthew williamson, tights and shoes by marni
2: i’m going to drink so much egg nog it’s not even funny: coat by temperley london, dress by luella, bow necklace by kate spade, tights and shoes by milly
3: look how fancy i am: coat by christian dior, dress by christian lacroix, booties by isabel marant
madame du barry certainly had an interesting past about her. being little more than a streetwalker in paris, she elevated herself to the highest ranks of the french court. although her means were not so civilized by our standards, she got where she wanted to go. granted, she had an agenda and probably calculated every move in her rise to power but you can’t deny she did it well. using your wiles to get what you want is a common game, was then, and is now. however, whether you’re in prerevolutionary france or the digital age, you best dress the part. du barry was famous for her style and were she alive today, she’d continue the tradition.
1: walking the streets in paris: dress by elie saab, shoes by hussein chalayan
2: rising to power: dress by matthew williamson, shoes by givenchy
3: exiled: dress by isabel marant, tights and shoes by collette dinnigan