Couture Adventure Part Duex?

My birthday is next month. I will be 35. I’m not a huge fan of birthdays. That has nothing to do with my age and everything to do with the incredibly shitty ones I had as a kid. Though the bdays have improved drastically as a wife and mom, I am still somewhat reluctant to make an event out of them. For fear of…I don’t know what really. I think I still tend to restrain my emotions due to some long held fear of….something.

Well, I enjoyed my recent dressmaking experience so much (thanks for your kind words!! I will try to get better at replying to those much appreciated comments!) that I’ve been trying to think of another reason or occasion to indulge and completely disregarded my birthday as an option.
But, why?

The bug to bone (PUN!) has been reawakened (with a vengeance, please help me refrain from ordering that beading tool) by viewing some spectacular examples of couture artistry in motion via that most excellent medium, YouTube.
Look at all of this deliciousness and tell me you don’t want to spend weeks working on an outfit you’ll only wear a handful of times ;)


discovered via Pauline Alice



discovered via Frau Fleur


discovered browsing Dior

I’ve been collecting couture/high fashion-y inspiration in a pinboard, naturally.

OOOOOOH FASHION

Or from here, where I could work with a new and challenging material (like leather!!) rather than more traditional couture techniques.

RTW

I realized, somewhat belatedly, that I could create my own reason to wear finery. That I have friends willing to play dress up, just for the hell of it, and a husband who would take me anywhere I wanted to go to show off my hard work.

Do you need a reminder that any day can be a special occasion? Look at those videos and dream with me.

Vogue & Braids

Apparently, I can still be surprised.
I kind of expected this cover.

Though I am still SO PLEASED.

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But this video.

SURPRISED!

I can’t even get into the painful, beautiful, complex, disheartening, encouraging, ever-changing THING that is the relationship between black women and their hair.

It’s too much.

I will give Vogue an A+ for respecting and including this (clearly joyful!) part of Lupita’s life with the Vogue masses.

And for these insanely beautiful photos.

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 Photographed by Mikael Jansson

All images from Vogue.com

Mixed, Matched, Modded & Mashed Up

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Nettie + Raven Shorts

8961dfdb5e5685085d1514e92a6fc3b2Summer Concert Tee + Nettie Skirt

6a43d1567be44313aa96e1d27797e01cJust a Tank + Starter Skirt

f43b4045c4d14d02e95b97b848cdb4e3FREE Yellow Tail Cami + PB Jam Leggings

aa3544e5b9e6b48b5490caf26c6a270cCoco Tee + Paula Pleat Skirt

d2bdba97d64f265cf5b86e2558a99152Nettie + Starter Skirt

a9ed44230a0d1519808acb27233c9512Coco + Raven Shorts

61c1cd3ebbdfe1ef29aad60b5d563faeCami Dress + Giselle Dress

d936b43ca134395641fa4cc39168023cDerby Dress + Winnie

a23b866afbc2521fc123f2fa08e20c2dVictoria Blazer + Birgitte Tee

d4165c1be42e248b092495d1b958ce47Birgitte Tee + Giselle Dress

b12f465fd21b15e42e7c069e2118b78eEmpire Waist Blouse + Giselle Dress

9fccc4cc4d0c3bf17445d637ec5d4d5aDandelion Top + Starter Skirt

8df160110253a814d111b22e524bd63fVictoria Blazer + Starter Skirt

I really love these combos!! BUT I am most excited that I figured out an easy way to get that denim jumpsuit!! I’m in vacation sewing mode and that soooo needs to be in my weekender bag!

Don’t forget, you to add your Indie Love entries to THIS post!!

RTW Sexy :: Reese : Beckham : Wang

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-all-most sexy.
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.

You know?

Reese : Beckham : Wang

All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear SexyTracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.

 Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Victoria BeckhamVB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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Ready To Wear Sexy

Isabel Toledo : Fashion From the Inside Out

“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.”
Isabel Toledo

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.

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Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

Isabel Toledo Fashion From the Inside Out

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Genius

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

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Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen :: Savage Beauty

: Construction : Demolition : Silhouette : Cutting : Erotic : Power : Fear : Perverse : Sexuality :