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.
Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.
Ready To Wear Sexy
“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 :
Thanks in part to Beyonce’s very sexy new videos and Ohh Lulu’s new pattern shop, I’ve had lingerie on the brain. This board is filled with many things too complex and delicate for my slapdash sewing style, but it’s something to build towards while it’s too cold and wet to make and wear new dresses.
I’ve, so far, resisted buying supplies and patterns. Though I have been looking. Orange Lingerie has a great list of NYC resources that is very tempting. And the price is so right on the Ohh Lulu patterns.
Little pretty things are so tempting!
This new interest is the stuff of daydreams. I have zero skill with jewelry making and the investment in real silver smithing or wood carving tools is too much to contemplate. But, Pinboards are for dreamers.
And wishlists and library books, too. Lots of reading up on the subject, and filling fantasy shopping carts. But a realistic acknowledgement of my abilities (and budget and time and space and spreading my DIY interests too thin) is checking my “Buy Now” trigger finger.
Any secret talents among my readership? Jewelry makers? Wood carver? Sculptor?
And I’m in love….
with the colors, with Penelope Cruz (again, I LOVE her in Woman On Top), and with the knitwear.
So lush. All three.
It seems that I’ve channeled parts of the color scheme, recently (foreshadowing?). I’m done, all but thumb, on this first mitt. Maybe a Raimnuda inspired cardi in the future? (1,2,3)My Basquait themed nails continue (there’s an different iteration on them, now!)
And a couple new lip colors joined the crew.
And to watch more of the films on my list. Volver’s parental theme is a sensitive one for me. I can get extremely emotional watching anything, but mother-daughter-multi-generational story lines always get to me.
If you’ve seen Volver, what did you think?
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!
This post wants to be about the lack of recognition and due respect paid to black style icons throughout history. It wants to be about that struggle being the least of their worries in their own time. It wants to be about a great many things: feminism and how it’s different when you’re black, beauty and how it’s viewed differently when you’re black, style and how often it’s copied without credit when you’re black.
That shit brings me down! Sometimes, even in my own heart and mind, I just want it to be simple! A simple post, conversation, thought, feeling about this person of color and how looking at them
MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!!!
Let’s look at Eartha.
LOOK AT HER!!
She is fucking stunning!
And she knows it.
Look at that rare, girlish smile!!
And look, LOOOOOOK at her MOOOOOVE!!
Look at the POWER!!
There are millions of images like these from old Hollywood, but not so many of its African American stars.
Embracing style and motherhood, with equal aplomb.
She appeared to be so unapologetic about being her full self! So proud and regal (which some might feel she shouldn’t have because of her very humble beginnings, and that is a massive understatement, but this post is not about that)!! So, SO talented and passionate!
Especially as she aged.
I hope to see her name and likeness in more vintage style reports around the blogisphere.