New Yorkers are famously obsessed with their closet space, and couple of weeks ago, New York Magazine did a story called Heaven, With Hangers, featuring the closets of six very fashionable New Yorkers. Amongst those featured was our former employer (and the reason why we all met in the first place), Anna Sui. Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the immensely enviable closet is framed by a vintage style armoire which has the back cut out, and magically expands into a larger walk-in closet.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Get out your calendars kids, Fashion Week is on full force this season. Nearly every timeslot is at least double, if not triple booked, so be prepared for plenty of scrambling around the city. On Friday alone I'm going to see Steinunn, Mischen, Iris Loeffler, Robert Geller, and Feng Feng's new line, Savant. We'll see how far I make it. Check out a detailed listing at frillr.
Ok, so I fell in love. At first sight. Or sale.
As most of you know, I'm the head buyer of Screaming Mimis, the most badass vintage store ever. Yesterday I was tending to our summer outpost in Montauk, a.k.a. Twin Peaks With a Beach, when my first customer of the day struck me with his boyish looks, surfer charm, and sickkk style. He had me with his baggy Levis cuffed up above his ankles to show off his beat-to-shit Ol' Skool Vans. (Jeans not unlike the only two pairs I own:)
I've always had a thing for boys who shop at my store, mostly since I buy for the store with my Dream Boy in mind. "What would he wear to our dream date? To the beach? To the Morrissey concert??" My ex-boyfriend really liked the selection we offered, and I met my alllllll-tiiiiiiime crush because he's been a customer of mine for years. It almost makes finding new crushes too easy!
My latest new bait to lure cute boys in the store is the VINTAGE WU TANG T-SHIRT that I styled on the boy mannequin in our current "L8R SK8R" window. gaggg!!! (So far, among the cute boys lured is my fellow 90s-centric grungy friend Eric Scholsberg who is the gay version of my Dream Boy. I guess that makes him my ULTIMATE Dream Boy.)
The surfer dream boat, left buying a rad baja pullover and a vintage rugby and stealing my heart.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Nicollette wears a vintage blazer and oversized R.E.M. Concert Tee from Screaming Mimi's, Miu Miu shoes, a Shoplifter bag, and a fake Lanvin necklace from the district.
Tiffany wears a Balenciaga vest, a Topshop Unique tank top, American Apparel leggings, Marni shoes, and a Six Six Sick necklace inspired by Givenchy.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
While stalling before getting my make up and Miu Mius on for our Wednesday night party (ROOM 3 at Marquee) , I felt jealous (and lazy) that the girls had already posted and I didn't. So here goes..
Here are some photos from the Surface Magazine Dior shoot that I assisted.
Erik Swain -- Photographer
These are a pair of military boots that the stylist brought back from Berlin.
Tools of the trade, charcoal and Evian to simulate dirt and sweat.
Every other week we host Robot Rock with GBH at Le Royale. Sometimes we make a new outfit, but often, we piece together bits from previous outfits to create a new look. Last Friday, we paired a lace dress we originally made for my Bachelorette Party with a harness top we made out of elastic and metal hoops. We accessorized with a giant felt flower hairband we made for a "widows in mourning" look, and studded fingerless biker gloves purchased off St. Mark's.
When Christina happed upon this super ruffly pink fabric in the district, she immediately thought of the Comme des Garcon Fall 2008 show, which has served as the source of inspiration for 90% of our outfits lately. Originally put off by the expensive price tag (around $30/yard), she managed to find a 3 yard damaged piece (some of the ruffles had started coming off) which she picked up for a mere $10.
Comme des Garcons Fall 2008 RTW
We started by cutting the fabric into simple 2 1/2' x 1 1/2' rectangles, and sewed up the seems, leaving 2 slits open for armholes on the sides, and one slit open for a neckhole at the top.
Next, we tacked down the loose ruffles to prevent them from fraying any more, but left the remnants of the already frayed ends hanging off the dress to create a dishabille look, like the CDG show.
We originally intended on knotting up some twill tape to form a spider web around the dress, like the CDG look, but decided that it wasn't looking right, and opted to tie a simple ribbon belt around the waist, styling it more like a Chanel cocktail dress.
Still, the look didn't seem complete, so we finished by painting a mask around our eyes, which had the goofiness of the McDonald's Hamburglarer (a character that Rei Kawakubo would probably appreciate) while also evoking the mask that Kirsten Dunst wore as Marie Antoinette, another woman known for her love of frothy dresses.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's a given that Jonas Sundstrom is pretty nice to look at. Girls, gays, and even many heterosexual males, all swoon over his androgynous features. With bone structure built for modeling, Jonas just finished touring on Ryan McGinley's Roadtrip, and also recently wrapped a shoot for the Balenciaga Men's catalog. Be that as it may, Jonas's best traits are his complete joie de vivre, and the way he manages to translate everyday moments into elegiac poetry whenever he tells a story. I also love him because he managed to get back to New York from the Roadtrip just in time to DJ with Anton at my wedding. I've known Jonas for three years now, since he first arrived in New York from Sweden, and it would seem that nothing boring ever happens in his life, or maybe that's just the way he tells it. Some day I hope he will have time to write it all down, but in the meantime he's made a beautiful video with the lovely Tarynn Weihahn for Lissy Trullie's song, "Self Taught Learner."
If you would like to see more of Jonas, you can look for him in the Sigur Ros video for Globbledigook, also shot by Ryan McGinley.
I can't tell you how excited I am to be hosting Robot Rock this Friday, with Guest DJ, Paul Ryder of Happy Mondays, the infamous 90's British band that grew out of the same Manchester scene as New Order. If, for some reason, you have no idea who the Happy Mondays are, please go out and rent 24 Hour Party People, which documents the Manchester music scene through the eyes of Factory Records owner, Tony Wilson. My favorite music film of all time, the movie not only documents the absurd drug-addled exploits of the Happy Mondays, but also focuses on the birth of Joy Division and New Order, as well as many other seminal bands of that era.
Please stop by to see a living legend, and make sure to say Six Six Sick at the door for free entry!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Finally, an orgasm that you can have at work. It started last Fashion Week when Christina scored the NARS Cosmetic's multi-purpose colorstick in Orgasm in the Doo Ri goodybag. In turn, she shared the love with me during our many nights putting on makeup together pre-Six Six Sick, and soon I too was addicted. We will always love NARS, not just because they've sponsered the Six Six Sick girls with some amazing makeup in the past, but mainly for the reason that all of their products come in amazing shades which glide on with a super-supple velvety finish. Orgasm, for example, delivers just the right amount of simulated post-coital rosiness, with an additional golden shimmer to create a positively glowing effect. Now, if it only would stop wiping off on my iphone...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Yesterday Nicollette, Christina, Ashley, Erin and I took a field trip out to Flushing, Queens to have a girl's day at Spa Castle. Having seemingly landed in Beijing, rather than the far reaches of New York City, my companions seemed rather surprised (and let's admit it, probably suspicious). While I have spent many a childhood meal eating many dim sum and Chinese banquet meals in Flushing Chinatown, I must say it seems like a dubious location for an ostensible luxury spa. Maybe it's because I work at Happy Ending, a bar that once housed a Chinatown "massage parlor" that famously delivered the "special release," but you can't help but get a little skeptical of the idea of an authentic Asian spa. Nonetheless, after boarding a van and being taken through a long stretch of Korean restaurants and desolate suburban street, we arrived at a 100,000 square foot complex, complete with indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, food courts, nap rooms, and of course, an array of spa and massage treatments. For the flat price of $45 ($35 on weekdays), you get access to all of the facilities, paying extra for treatments, massages, and food. The entire concept is based on bath houses that they have all over Korea and the rest of Asia.
The spa has at least 10 different saunas, including an authentic Finnish-style steam sauna, where I tried to replicate the sauna experience I had at my friend Aapo's country house in Finland: sweating for as long as you can take it in the extraordinarily hot sauna, before plunging into a body of icy cold water (in Finland a freezing lake, and in this case, a 59 degree cold bath). They also have a smurf-village configuration of somewhat less authentic saunas, such as "Ice Land," a cold sauna, "Jade Sauna", a sauna housed in an agate lined igloo, "Gold Sauna," which is lined in gold foil, and a "Color Therapy" sauna where you can change the lighting according to your mood. Violet, for example, is supposed to promote creativity, but I just chose it because it looks pretty.
However, the most rejuvenating part of the entire experience was stepping under "The Waterfall," which rapidly pours gallons of water onto you like its namesake, is brutally akin to being hosed down by the police, yet also provides a sadistically pleasurable massage that leaves you aching afterwards.
We finished the day in Women's section, which we affectionately labeled "The Naked Section" (sorry, no pictures provided), where there is absolutely no room for modesty. Even if it's not for the shy, it is probably the most relaxing place in the entire spa, sheltered from the large crowds and screaming children that pack the outdoor pool areas. That is, unless you're Christina, and get anxiety attacks from being surrounded by frolicking naked people.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A few of my other favorite wedding photos:
I wore my mother's old wedding gown from Priscilla of Boston, and Chloe shoes. Jimmy wore a Marc Jacobs tuxedo. Photo by Jason Andrew
During the reception, I wore a Marc Jacobs dress, a YSL belt (gift of Feng Feng) and Marni shoes. Photos by Jason Andrew
Monday, August 18, 2008
What do you do with a couple of yards of silver mesh, which has the texture and flexibility of a window screen (and feels just as comfortable against your skin)? While having just as much tactile appeal as steel wool, it's non-fraying quality made this new-ravey material ideal for cutting into fanciful shapes, and we quickly decided it would make a perfect silver cage dress. Unfortunately, the silver foil was only lightly fused to the black plastic backing, so, as the night wore on, the dress began to disintegrate into a tinsely mess; an all too common post-Six Six Sick wardrobe malfunction, but almost always an indicator of a wild night.
We carefully cut out the squares, cutting through both the front and back side at the same time:
We bunched together some of the remaining scraps to form some origami like starbursts, which we pinned in our hair:
We finished by throwing our silver jumpers over our black American Apparel dresses, and adding some thigh high fishnets and a fake Lanvin necklace purchased for $10 in the district.