for narnia.

okay, so u know and I especially know that posting was lacking because of christmas shopping. so nooooooooooooooooow, i come to you with my inspiration of the moment. so our awesome pastor had a film festival of the first to narnia movies and then the next movie was seen with my brother two weekends ago....and i'm overwhelmed with the love of everything in narnia. the same time i bought the december issue of bazaar was around the time i saw "dawn treader", so tell me about the rawness of the shine and this dirty royalty vibe:


don't you forget about me.

at the hour of severe hunger and thirst of fashion during this blasted winter time there comes the pre-fall rag&bone collection in all it's worn-out boot glory. this collection definitely stores a bit of that raw toughness without the embellishments, but has a purity with a hint of innocence that is not sugarcoated. it's when the cool is stripped down and it's a "tough classy". even though the pieces look amazing on their own, together they portray a character themselves, something honest. it doesn't have to be "simply soft and rosy" or "rock and roll", it can be both in a way that proceeds each other in a fashion that is not rushed and flows together in a beautiful ideal.
the collection itself is reminiscent to allison from "the breakfast club", her appearance from start to finish, beginning to end. her makeover didn't change the overall ideal of herself but still was a transition and change like the collection:

just a thought.


to catch a thief.

finally, i have discovered the wonderful channel that is turner classic movies. so, yes, i was watching classic movies all thanksgiving long while i munched on yummy turkey and blabbed on black friday of my love for button downs {while still shopping for friends on the dreaded day when there is barely breathing room in some stores}.
to answer your questions on the pictures above, why, yes, i did watch to catch a thief. and yes, it was quite amazing. well, underestimating it a bit. every part of the movie, especially the costumes {all hail edith head!}, deserve an amazing on it's own.
the costumes were the same hint of classy 1950s, but this was a bit "classy people on vacation". what i really noticed was the amazing usage of full skirts and fitted waists to make your waistline gorgeous in the 1950s. there's not a scene when you can't land your eyes on a beautiful dress with a waistline i adore that could fit a women better. it's not as extreme as the 1800s' delicate and way too minute waistline, but it isn't the totally loose fit that's been the trending thing today. ah, how i love the delicate structures of the 1950s.
grace kelly's pink dress in the convertible with cary grant especially reminded me of the spring 2010 miu miu runway, this look in particular:

to make a math reference, the rotations on the dress are what really makes them similar. and the same careful structure of the waist as well.



after watching "night of the iguana" and "my favorite brunette" on tcm, there was one particular outfit piece that caught my eye the most: the classic button down. the button down has been worn from the 1950s on and on and on, and there are about a billion variations inhabiting wardrobes. it's a timeless classic that never really does go out of style, and, as the cheesy self help style books say, a "must have for your closet".
when the spring 2011 collections first came out, I especially adored the viktor & rolf collection because the button down is something that I wear at least once a week. my button downs are essential to my look, and of course, i am the princess born in the wrong decade, so it's one more way i could channel my inner audrey hepburn or marilyn monroe {yes, i like to do that}. you'd think that the button down was done in every way possible, until viktor & rolf came along and broke the barrier....like they break the barrier to everything.
every look held some variation of the button down {41 buttons downs, big and small people!} and above is just a couple of my favorite looks. and of course those four looks remind me of one classic in particular:

audrey hepburn, or her character holly golightly, who just arouse from her slumber by the ever-so-dashing writer played by george peppard.
of course, the button down dates back to men at the office, but since i like to search for the different in things like those, men who roof houses like an outsider:

darry curtis from the outsiders, being the outsiders fanatic i am. {he's wearing this dark greenish grey variation, if you look at it in color}
or of course, if you wanna see the modern, high fashion variation, leave it to benny horne in his photograph for rushh:

i never quite realized how much the button down really is a classic, and the last thing i like to do is repeat a million times in this ever-so-cliche fashion that "it's a must have for every wardrobe". even if it is....



how was california, man?

gold rush boomtown, iris nebula, rumble fish trailer, rodarte spring 2011

in celebration of the space-on-clothing, i was sifting through the nasa astronomy picture of the day archive. november 12th's iris nebula reminded me of rodarte spring 2011, and all these pictures was a mutation of random ideas put into one thing. of course the golden-like aura of the hair and makeup and some of the knits in browns and beige in the rodarte collection gave me ideas about california, particularly the california gold rush, behind the collection, and the messy hair and some of the baggy clothes just made rumble fish pop up. the material of the motorcycle boy's jacket just screams rodarte spring 2011 to me. think....a tough fairy with a short temper that arose from a pile of gold in the middle of a starry night?



if a new wave girl crashed a high society ball.

of course i would raise both arms and legs if i was asked if i lusted over the lanvin for h&m collection, but it took me a while to process how to actually speak about it. after some thought, what came to mind was new wave, specifically the patterns and accessories, with high society, especially the silhouettes and ruffles of the clothes.


so this whole vogue italia shoot is one of the best photo shoots i've come across in quite a while. it's not so "commercial" as some fashion magazines intend their photo shoots to be, and there's not a full statement that it's "pretty". it's implied...when you take a look at it for a good while. i thought it was a bit 1950s classic private school with a good mix of a 1970s high school.

but it's not in that totally "commercial" way. and i liked how they combined two different concepts, because usually when you first see the fall 2010 prada heels, you think that in a magazine, you need the 1950s cliche to pull it off in a way that seems presentable to readers. but this is so not presentable it is so presentable. and it's really cool. the hair and the collars in the photo shoot also reminded me of

in a way, it's also including this whole 1970s vibe that came from the spring 2011 runways.



nothing's better then a vintage baddie.

so the outsiders. the topic was stuck in my head to be up for a discussion for quite a while, as the outsiders film was the birth of my love for the 1980s, and the outsiders novel was the birth of my adoration of s.e. hinton. and even though i utterly loath everything the tabloids have to offer, the ONE GOOD THING tmz has provided for me in my life are these behind the scene pictures from the set of the outsiders. and let's get one thing straight: after seeing these pictures, i am not the biggest fan of high definition. low quality old pictures all the way!
ehem, now back to the point. so as the fashion freak who runs this blog {this is the purpose of the blog, to share my freakiness with people who will enjoy it}, i especially have a keen eye for the costumes in movies, and since we're talking about it, i especially paid attention to the costume design in the outsiders film. and may i say, i interpreted enough from the 1982 film that portrays the hot and bad 1967 greaser boys to make a paper doll. finally, my inspiration for paper dolls is back.
so the paper doll. it's a whole bunch of junk i interpreted from the film that i wanted to include. the model that i used, even though i was oh-so-iggnorant enough to forget her name as i sifted through vogue, is specifically one of the points of the paper doll. it was sort of a greaser girl kinda thing, how i would think of her. big earrings, big hair, lotta makeup.....you know what i'm talking about if you read the book. but the last thing i wanted her to be was sort of the cliche girl who's "different" from the greaser girls, you know, that mary sue that runs around the fanfiction world like crazy? yeah, hence why i immediately crumpled up the ugg australia add model i was about to use. the frizzy hair and the sort of dark lighting on her makes her the rawness i wanted. i didn't want it to be a flat-out greaser girl, with the neon makeup and the whole bandwagon, but sort of what a greaser guy would like like if he, persay, was a paper doll girl like this one. weird analyzation, but that's what i mean.
lace up boots inspired by tim shepard's boots. button down inspired by darry's. over the knee polka dot skirt inspired by cherry valance, except in a much more realism. and the coat, yeah, i thought that was absolute for a greaser. i dunno, another tim shepard? it also reminded me of john bender's, but that's not outsiders related, BUT IT'S STILL 80S FILM, RIGHT!?

mhm. so yeah.



spring 2011 runway: the good, the fads, and the fabulous

So like, if you're a Spanish bullfighter and need a portable Hermes bag, then BUY THIS! oh, and make sure you get me an extra, because this is possibly the best thing that has happened since Miu Miu Spring 2010 platforms....*sigh* ah, the spring runways...
on another note....
I DID, for the first epic time. Thank goodness my friends were aware of my ultimate love for 80s movies, and...an honorary friend called me about 10 minutes before it was on and thanks to the help of my mother, we found the channel which I was desperately trying to search for on the last grueling minutes of searching for it with google {the only tool of the night that didn't help me...but isn't internet supposed to be a big step to making life easier...?}. okay, enough of this story and my rant about modern technology, ON TO MY POINT.
So, don't get my started on the costumes.

Thank you, John Hughes. Thank you, 1986. If only dressing was still like that....Duckie is like the hipster before hipsters were even cool and lemme just say, HIS ensemble was simply volcanic. Andie's wardrobe couldn't get any better, that girl is incredible.
"If they don't believe in me, I can't believe in them..."



spring 2011 runway: the good, the fads, and the fabulous

And even though the runways have been swarmed with 60s fashion and those Asian influences, can this season's hair truly be honed by a Johnathan Saunders 40s prom queen or a Prada 30s flapper?
I am {or perhaps was..?} a firm believer in the simplicity of hair. I have always been the type of girl who washed her hair every day but don't go overboard with it with a BRAND NEW HAIRDO EVERYONE HAS {curse you, deadly side bangs!}.
This season, though, I just wished that Guido Palau could work for me and give me those TO DIE FOR VINTAGE HAIRSTYLES {vintage. hairstyles. people.}. *sigh* Only runways serve as propaganda to hypnotize me in a love of hair....
But I'm too chicken to cut my hair.



spring 2011 runway: the good, the fads, and the fabulous

This Spring 2011 Fashion Week season, I have my eye on the accessories, which catch my eyes all too much this season. Starting with Prada, I'm taking you through THE GOOD, THE FADS, AND THE FABULOUS!
The Prada had some of the quirkiest coolest accessories you could ever see, and yet again I simply fell in love with the glasses. And yet again, Prada doesn't fail to impress me. And I love my long hair so very much but that amazing shortie haircut is possibly the best hair I've seen in this season.


fall trend report: part four

.....isn't it?
This trend was more frequent at the French designer shows, such as Celine or Chloe. In the picture above, models strut their stuff at Chloe in plain camels and beiges, with the simplest touches that work well. No wonder the silk button down has become so popular, it's one of the key pieces to pull off that amazing minimalist look.
And it looks like that you don't have to put away all-denim like this Spring, because the denim look has been passed from the Spring runway to Fall.
Don't think that you just simply need a new accessory for an outfit, a sensible belt and camel trench coat do the trick, doesn't it?



fall trend report: part three

hello all, back again with the third fall trend report of mine. this one issssss

FUR! but don't be fooled, you can have the reals or deck yourself out in fake. And the fake isn't just the economical version of the trend, faux fur was spotted at chanel, mind you. so even if you are protective of animal rights, don't hesitate to put on a little faux fur. or if you're just one to keep up with the fall trends, try on some reals, if you have the dough.
so, didn't think the eskimo could be fashionable with the wave of lagerfeld's wand {and not even metaphorically, i'm under the impression he can work loads of magic...a fashionable dumbeldore, maybe?}? This fall is very unpredictable, mind you. The underestimated are overestimated this season, no doubt.



fall trend report: part two

and here comes part two of my fantastically annual fall trend report. so this trend, i must say, is possibly an all-time favorite trend of mine coming this fall. layers is an amazing trend but i adore this one. and this post's trend isssssss...

yes, this is the new 50s ladies who lunch, quirky librarian trend. this season curves are being embraced with cutsey belts, so someone's curvy figure is truly an advantage. and of course big skirts, nerdy chic prints, and frills are what wearing dresses is all about this season. you can't go wrong with a ladylike dress and some red lipstick! so ditch those retro glam mini skirts and raid your librarian's wardrobe. sounds like a party to me.
as for accessories, accessories are quite open this season. you don't need to have an "it bag" and you certainly don't need to splurge on some pricey jewels that every magazine claims to be worth every penny because this season all that needs to be done is a good look in the back of your closet to reevaluate those cable knit socks or headbands from your blair waldorf wannabee stage because those accessories are easily reinvented this season. i know i'm going to beg to fail my eye test at my next doctor's visit just so I can get my hands on those epicly awesome prada eyebrow glasses. you'd never think that those librarians or old women were actually ahead of your time when it came to style....



fall trend report: part one

fall is like the september of fashion, when you throw out last season's miu mius and welcome in the latest it bag or splurge on that prada dress your dying to have. so, of course, everyone who has the slightest involvement in fashion sorts through those fall runway pictures as statement of advice. so part one of my fall trend report will be devoted to {drum roll!}...

that's right ladies! one of fall's many trends includes textures and layers, the trend that is stylish and very reasonable, too, as you don't have to freeze to death in those sequined minis or those used-to-die-for leggings because all you have to do is keep layering on those knit scarves. this is a message from the fashion gods: this trend is especially for those new yorkers! because the winter here can be pretty brutal, especially when you're going christmas shopping and it's below freezing so you just can't wait to get into the heated saks fifth avenue for some gossip over hot chocolate at their chocolate cafe or try on those YSL leopard stilettos. so now you don't have to be the only one that isn't in a sleek trench coat, everyone will be wearing to-die-for layers that are the warmest things you could wear and also are veryyyyyyyy fashion-forward. fear not, this trend is comfortable and stylish.



the street style muses

although models serve as muses for their designers they model for, they also serve as inspirations for street style. sometimes there are certain knit scarves or loose-fitting jackets that you staple with one big "NO" when you're sorting through what to wear during the day, but when you see models where some of the quirkiest cute things you ever seen and wish "boy, wouldn't it be nice to have a scarf like that.." when i turns out you do. it's just lying around in the back of your closet, bored and unworn.
models can make the most ordinary and old things look magical and trend-setting, like that scarf your grandma bought for you just went down the runway. sometimes you think that wearing a piece of clothing will look hideously nerdy on you, when paired right you can look like one of those first row fashion week guests.
sometimes take a risk and when you see the next street style muse in her gorgeous clothing, you'll have a reason to say that you set trends.
"ha ha, chanel iman is wearing that leather jacket that you thought was last season!"
yes, i love rubbing it in to my friends too.



the chanel philosophy

why is it that chanel stores are as beautiful as their runways? there are certain stores that have a cheesy, cliche look that tries to look cool, hipster, or whatever...but then there's chanel stores. above all designer stores, chanel has this elegance that looks like the shop was made by world famous architects and that every day to them is like a runway show. every day, ever second of the open and closed duration of a chanel shop, it's like a show is on. even if none of the clothing is moving, things look like one big beautiful show to me at a chanel shop.

you can't compare any store to chanel.