It’s fall and that means that plaid is in bloom. While nothing prevents us from wearing plaid in the spring and summer and nothing prevents us from having plaid cottons, taffetas, silks and organzas, we still most often see plaid in rich, cozy wools perfect for cool, crisp autumn days. This plaid skirt and cowl sweater are from Shai Delacroix. I remember in 2008, my friends and I would make weekly pilgramages to Casa del Shai to see if and what she may have released. She took a bit of a sabbatical for a bit, but since her return she has been releasing all sorts of new and wonderful mesh with a focus on great separates for everyday wear.
Putting on the suit from ISON for Collabor88 this month, the wonderful song performed by Eartha Kitt came to mind. I tried to find it on YouTube for you, but it was not there. However, I found this beautiful interview with Eartha on love and compromise reminding me again what an amazing and vital woman she was. Even her speaking voice sounds like music.
Yesterday it seemed the world was about to end, didn’t it?
Looked as though it woudln’t last out the year.
Yesterday disaster waited around the bend.
Well, my friend. Spring is here.
Back in business, and ain’t it grand?
Let the good times roll.
Yesterday things were out of hand.
Now they’re under control.
The other day I witnessed a passionate discussion about the rise of punk, one person quite rightly insisting that punk music was born in the United States while the other gamely tried to agree while asserting equally correctly that punk in the UK was very different, bringing with it a complete cultural aesthetic, with art, fashion and music coming together to make a punk scene. One of the people who made punk in the UK less a musical evolution and more a cultural revolution was Vivienne Westwood. How fitting that she is a style icon at The Style Icon, the grand fashion event running until the end of the month. This gown from Legal Insanity incorporates many the tempestuous and wild themes that distinguish Westwood’s designs and make her a fashion revolutionary – not just a fashion designer.
It makes sense that Industrial Chic has come back into fashion in this age of economic insecurity with the middle class fading into the working class. The fashions are a form of solidarity with labor – the use of metals, the hard and soft fabrics, the utilitarian forms and simple silhouettes all avoid blinged out conspicuous consumption in favor of working class colors and practicality. But it’s chic, so there are details that elevate it from banality, details like the inset leather sleeves in this top from House of Fox.
*peeks out from behind the door*
In my last post here, one month ago, i talked about some gorgeousness from Collabor88 and now that the October collection is going to be replaced by a new one i would like to show you another fantastic item from C88 which i’m sure you all already know and probably got (such coolness should be a MUST in our inventory).
I’m talking about the Hesed Neck Warmer from .Shi: i like it so much i decided to create a whole look (skin, make-up, hair, clothes, accessories) starting from it. And i love what came out.
So, i’ll shut up now and show you the pictures, then all the credits.
I love every single piece of this outfit, i don’t want to take it off anymore XD
- Hair: Dura – Girl*50 – Black
- Skin: Essences – Opera 01 *beach*
- Eyes: Poetic Colors – Jades Eyes – Wet Sand
- Eyes make-up: La Malvada Mujer – warrior #5
- Lipstick: Essences – Song Lipgloss 04
- Neck warmer: .Shi – Hesed Neck Warmer (Old Book) – V1. Femme – still at C88 only for a few hours, then i guess you’ll find it in store.
- Top: Plastik – Ayana Top – Leather
- Arm Tattoo: CoLLisions – Light Side Armbands – Set of 3
- Body jewel: ( r e d ) M i n t – Body Jewel – Silver
- Skirt: Corvus – Black Long Skirt
- Bangles: ( r e d ) M i n t – Bangles w/Rings – Silver
- Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
- Poses: Label Motion – from Andrea and Mery sets
- Location: UTSA ArtSpace – Metamorphosis by Igor Ballyhoo
It’s AVENUE Fall/Winter Fashion Week and the event kicked off with 3 shows yesterday and will continue all week. Check out the calendar here. The fabulous Kungler sisters had their show yesterday. There are some big surprises for long time fans, such as this ultra=metropolitan dress in cream with metal accents. Its shape seems loosely inspired by medieval court jesters with the turned up collar post-modern jester’s collar and the pleated and banded sleeves that are a modern, urbanist reinterpretation of the medieval jester’s sleeves. There’s nothing medieval about this dress, though. It’s as modern as can be.
I added the over-the-knee boots that are still available at Collabor88 for a few days before their release at ISON. I love the buckle above the back of the knee and like how the strap width is similar to the width of the metal straps on the sleeve. These boots come in several colors, each as tasty as this fresh cream.
It’s not often that you will see me void of colour, let alone in white.
I love the rich, saturated colors of Aux’ Studded Cocktail Dress for Collabor88. I had the hardest time choosing which one to wear because they were all like jewels in an imperial treasury. What finally helped me decide was finding which of the Baistice Winter Leggings with Spikes I liked best with a dress. Those studs in the color called out for more metal and that’s the way I went.
The Challenge is a monthly design challenge put forth to various Home & Garden Designers from across the grid. This time around the challenge was Black and White themed, and I felt with all the Glam of Collabor88, as well as The Black Fair, it was fitting to post something from it.
When I first heard and then read about the Donna Flora event, I cried, I really did. I don’t do it often, but it really hit me. I cried a little again, when I realized I missed the cutoff date for applications for designers.
So I shopped instead.
I have never had the opportunity to talk with Squinternet. I’d sometimes see her setting up vendors in the shop, or out and about at events. I do however know her store line personally, as I have acquired many pieces from it over the years.
Some of you may know me, or of me, some of you may not, but one thing that can be universally seen in many of my posts is my love of colour. I also love period and retro styles. Donna Flora was one of those places I could go, get a Purple/Orange/Red patterned dress, grab gold, like real looking gold jewelry(so hard to find) and come out not looking like a clashy mess.