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
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
3. To the tower with you, wife.
Coat by Burberry Prorsum, suit by Canali
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.
All images from VOGUE UK.
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’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.
All images from Vogue UK.