Gaultier, McQueen and Toledo make gorgeous, amazing, show-stopping pieces. But the ones I love the most are not necessarily wearable for my life or personality.
This post is all about wearable, everyday, work appropriate, accessible-to-
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.
Reese : Beckham : Wang
All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.
Tracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.
VB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.
Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.
“I really love the technique of sewing more than anything else…the seamstress is the one who knows fashion from the inside! That’s the art form really, not fashion design, but the technique of how it’s done.”
I’m not sure how I first discovered Isabel Toledo. Maybe it was when the FLOTUS wore her designs. Maybe it was when I saw her shoe collection at Payless. Whatever threw me into her path, I’m grateful. I find her, and her relationship with her husband, Ruben, kind of fascinating. Though, perhaps at first glance, her clothes don’t scream SEXY. To me, there is something about the cut and fabric and the way Ruben draws it all that is so, so sexy to me. Maybe it’s an understated way of expressing sexiness, but it is no less effective.
So continues my exploration into all things sexy. Any undertaking of which MUST include pieces by one Alexander McQueen.
McQueen was undeniably a genius. A tragic genius. One too sensitive for this world.I don’t proclaim to know much about him beyond that. But one only need look at his work, his quotes, examine his aesthetic to determine that much about him.
Alexander McQueen :: Savage Genius
: Construction : Demolition : Silhouette : Cutting : Erotic : Power : Fear : Perverse : Sexuality :
A little knitting project bag made with some special indigo shibori dyed fabric.
With a little Basquiat flavor courtesy of Sharpie ;)
Thanks to some dance class knitting time, I’m well into mitt number two.
I’m about to get stuck into another (hopefully) quickie project. The Plaintain tee from Deer & Doe!!
I looooooove sewing with knits!!!
After working on my Coppelia muslin (it was PERFECT….until I pressed the neckline and now it’s all crumpled at the back neck :( ) I wanted something super quick to work on.
Enter, Skirt as a Top’s, Scoop Tee.
It’s, essentially, the most awesome little white tee in my wardrobe! I took in the side seams just a bit (right where my body naturally curves in between my boob area and belly) an excess of fabric there really bugs me. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of the hem, which I just serged and left un-hemmed. That collar is one of my best efforts. A great staple. So super simple. And QUICK!
I could use half a dozen. They’re the perfect thing to cover the waist/hips on those slightly low rise pants days and clingy in the right spots, while skimming in others. Which is partially down to this mystery fabric, which I dug out of a bin in the Garment District. I have it in two more colors. The edges DO NOT CURL. Amazing!
This burst of sewing came from a fit of creative inspiration courtesy of one Jean-Michel. I was inspired to add a little Basquiat flair to my life and did so in the form of a King Pleasure mani!
The red polish, with the perfect name (I Red a Good Book!!!) and that little white crown brought a smile to my face, all day.
And last night, I added even more red to my life when I finally swapped out the buttons on this thrifted cashmere cardi.
I put my little handmade pin on it to complete the art theme!
I’m left feeling SO MUCH after watching this!! Too much to get down in any kind of coherent way. If you have a little time, maybe whilst sewing or knitting, watch and learn about the life, times and art of this radiant, this genius, child.
My colleagues and I exchanged Secret Santa gifts, yesterday. I was lucky enough to draw the one name of the bunch who I knew EXACTLY what to get! K and I are both HUGE Frida Kahlo fans. We share the same favorite painting, and the tattoo I wanted to get from it (a heart from The Two Fridas) she already has on her chest. What are the odds?!?!?
It’s safe to say that it was DEAD easy to gather up a little package of Frida delights.
Starting with Frida tats!
Rounded out with a set of postcards (of such beautiful quality they’d be perfect to display) and a book of art stickers.
Finally, at the last minute, I decided that a plush representation of that heart we’re both so drawn to would be just the thing.
Knitting anything, on limited time no less, was a big gamble as everything I’ve tried lately has turned out wrong. It would appear that the curse is broken!! I’m pretty proud of this thing!! And even more in love with my coworkers after they included a Festivus pole in our party decorations. Just for me :D
I’m really fortunate to work with such awesome people! This last year has been so much fun and so rewarding. I’m already looking forward to our next party!
Happy Festivus and Chrismanakwanza to you all!!
This is not even remotely on time for the sew-along BUT I’m posting it anyway.
Top :: Cake Patterns Hummingbird (Green)
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy
It’s possible that this fabric was completely the wrong choice for this top. I say possible, because it may have worked out differently if I cut it smaller. I like my knit tops pretty fitted, but I was being conservative because I was terrified of wasting any fabric from my small Mood stash.
Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with it! I was super comfy today and, of course, I love stripes and I love, love black and white!
Now, I just need the matching skirt!!
I already have a few plain denim skirts so I was planning on the fancier of the two Hummingbird offerings…in denim. :D