Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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my pick for best dressed at the oscars would have to go to natalie portman. she looked absolutely flawless in the pink rodarte gown. ms. portman is no stranger to wearing rodarte; as we can see why. rodarte being one of my favourite designers and natalie portman being one of my favourite actresses; the two together make for a glorious match.
Monday, February 23, 2009
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i just finished watching the, independent spirit awards that took place this past saturday on the santa monica beach. it's an incredibly laid-back award show that gives credit where credit is due. mostly focusing on indie films that wouldn't get the recognition, otherwise. mary-kate olsen along with sir ben kingsley presented the 'first original screenplay' which was awarded to dustin lance black for, milk. mary-kate olsen looked stunning in a balmain-esque dress. the wide shoulders and neckline are nice extras to the simplicity of the dress. mary-kate pulled it altogether, effortlessly.
p.s if you haven't seen 'the wackness,' i highly recommend that you do so.
i first discovered this video over at, Fashionista Diary. and have since seen it posted many other places, for very good reason. halston chose to display their latest collection through a beautifully done video instead of the runway. the slow motion captures the collection, wonderfully. the timing of the video along with the music is honestly breathtaking. the main character is the gorgeous dree hemingway, who just so happens to be the great grand-daughter of ernest hemingway. it's especially unique that dree runs through the streets of new york past other models in the rest of the halston collection. the song, "you're the one" by benjamin bronfman (aka ben brewer, and husband to M.I.A) is completely entrancing which makes me watch this video numerous times in a row.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
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about half of jill stuart's collection showed lace and leather; revealing a sultry, yet upbeat look. the rest of the collection revealed sheer, floaty numbers. as they made their way down the runway, the models appeared as young girls playing dress up with frilly shifts and offbeat accessories. of course, i mean this in the greatest way possible. i would choose any of the dresses on any given night. and as for the footwear...i would don every pair as often as possible.
Friday, February 20, 2009
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i am coveting every piece of, preen. thornton bregazzi's mixture of check-like textiles and intricate cutouts are more than i can handle; only because if given the decision to choose just one piece...i honestly don't think i could do it. i would have to say that this is my ideal 'frock wardrobe.'
collection: emily melville
collection: qianga martin
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graduating students of the academy of art university in san francisco debuted their collections at new york fashion week this past friday. the academy of art is the first and only school to show at new york fashion week; where they first appeared two seasons ago. it gives me even more confidence to know that the school i'm attending is the only art/design school to ever showcase their work in front of fashion's elite. as if showing their pieces at new york fashion week wasn't enough for these graduates; they managed to have 'it models' display their works of art. anja rubik, karlie kloss, chanel iman, and edythe hughes graced their presence on the runway. aau has an annual fashion show during the spring that i have been attending since i was a junior in highschool. the energy and expensive lighting that fills the tent in san francisco is appealing, and i can only imagine how it may seem in new york. every collection that i have viewed has never disappointed, and this week in new york is no exception.
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being one of my favourite designers, alexander wang may be climbing to the top of my list with his brilliant personality. his charm and sense of humour is delightful. i wish i could be his friend. to motivate his models backstage, alexander himself concocted a little motivation and threw it onto a posterboard. genius!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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"there is beauty in being comfortable with who you are, it goes a long way past mere physical attributes. if you are thinking beauty, however you personally see it, it will show to the people who see you." -ed templeton
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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i have succumbed to impulse shopping. the above photo is of the silk dress that i have just purchased from ron herman. although i'm not in the position to browse, let alone shop at any online stores, i am happy about the price. the 'haute hippie' dress that i purchased was originally $600, but i am pleased to have taken the last of it's kind at a mere $150. i couldn't resist the combination of the 75% mark down and the beautiful brass sunburst that hovers over most of the front and back of the dress. what made me even more pleased to have purchased the frock, was the comparison i made with other websites. 'tobi' is selling the exact same dress for a total of $550. it should be a crime that 'tobi' is allowed to sell the same item for the original price, but it should also be a crime that i took the last of it's species at the depletion of the price.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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joy division's, 'love will tear us apart' has always seemed eerily beautiful. the lyrics and the tone of lead singer, ian curtis' voice are passionate, yet painful. so it's no wonder that curtis lived a short and tragic life that ended at the age of 23, when he commited suicide. in fact, deborah curtis, the wife of ian had the title of the song inscribed on his tombstone which shows the significance of the melody that has served as inspiration to many musicians that have lived after the late ian curtis.
control, is a biopic of the last seven years of ian curtis' life. the film is based on deborah curtis' memorir, 'touching from a distance.' the film is directed by anton corbijn who first met joy division months before ian curtis' death in may of 1980. corbijn chose to shoot the film in black and white. originally, the actual black and white version was far too grainy and corbijn thought that was another element that the audience would pay attention to, which would take away from the story. a color version of the film was tranformed into black and white, making the film seemed modernized. corbijn chose the film to be shot in black and white, because every photo of joy division was not that of color.
the selection of the cast is incredible, for there is an uncanny resemblance to joy division. after watching the film i moved onto the special features, which had live footage of two joy division performances. sam riley, who portrays ian curtis, performs just as curtis had. although, it is noticeable that curtis' stage presence was more natural than that of riley. riley does not capture the pain in curtis' voice, but that alone is something rare and doesn't seem to be easily carbon copied. not a single interview of joy division has ever been recorded, making it challenging for the character voices to match up to the originals. memory served as the only source of information provided for that certain aspect of the film. the film in it's entirity was beautifully shot and was filled with information as to why ian curtis had been deeply depressed. the love he shared was sorrowful which translated into joy division's timeless music.