Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Six Six Sick Dress and Jeffrey Campbell chain heels.
For the Spellbound party we did for Violet Hour on Friday, Christina and I wanted to make something extra special. We thought our outfits should convey the dark and Gothic inspired tone of the night, but wanted to avoid being too overtly campy or literal about the theme. Christina thought it would be cool to translate an old 66S medieval knight-inspired outfit, which had been made out of sheer mesh with a sequined cross on top, into a nicer, finished dress. While I hand stitched the sequined crosses from giant gunmetal paillettes, Christina constructed a flowing, drapey dress from sheer black chiffon, which she finished at the edges with twill tape. The instructions for making the dress are a bit too complicated to explain (sorry), but making the sequined cross applique isn't that difficult, and only took me about 2 hours per cross.
We started by cutting out the crosses from interfacing, making them about 2 1/2 inches wide. I slowly zigzagged the sequins up, eyeballing the distance between each row and column of sequins to be 3/4 inch apart. I think we ended up using about 450 paillettes per cross. When we were finished, we whip-stitched the top portion of the cross to the bodice of the dress, making sure that the bottom of the horizontal bar of the cross lay flush against the seam of the empire-waist of the dress. We let the bottom part of the vertical bar of the cross hang loose over the flowy lower portion of the dress, so it would move more naturally. We were really happy with the results, and I'll probably try and think of more things to embellish with plenty of sequins now that I'm starting to get into the rhythm of it.
Sorry for the absolutely atrocious camera phone pictures, my real camera is still completely broken, and I need to go out and buy a new one! In the meantime, my weirdly distorted iPhone photos will have to do.
The back of the dress is low cut.
Zig-zagging the sequins up and across the cross.
The finished cross sewn onto the bodice of the dress.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sample sale season is here, and I'm really excited to finally be able to start affording things. While there are plenty of sales going on, I'm still on a limited budget, and only make the time to spread my wallet for the very best. For those of you who are in New York, you should definitely stop by The News sample sale which is starting tomorrow. I usually stop by late on the last day, when they discount everything further, and always end up picking up something, whether it's for myself, or as a gift for the significant males (brother and husband) in my life. Jimmy's birthday is coming up, and it's really a good sale for the boys.
Also, my former office neighbors, VPL are having a sample sale starting tomorrow at their offices on 39 W 38th St. Although the prices are a bit high for a sample sale, I always love their knits and shoes (and of course their underwear), and am hoping to get another pair of sandals, since I wear my current pair every day of the summer. Plus, if you're lucky, you might get a sneak peak of Victoria's awesome inspiration board...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
A totally insane looking knit jacket with this lady emblazoned on the back reminds me of GnarJen.
A case full of super-expensive vintage and antique costume jewelry.
Friday, May 22, 2009
This is late notice, but tonight we are hosting the EP Release party for our BFF Shelley's band Violethour. They will be performing at 10:00, along with our friends Autodrone. We will also be celebrating the latest issue of our friend Joshua's zine, Side Effects, which includes the ghost photoshoot that we partook in, and the latest collection of Arms and Armory Jewelry. Sorry for not posting this earlier, but Christina and I have been hard at work and super-stressed about our outfits for tonight (DIY to come). It's going to be an amazing night, so please stop by, and say Six Six Sick at the door for free entry!
Jeremy from Autodrone. He DJ's the upstairs party on Tuesday at Happy Ending, and will also be doing a DJ set tonight!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Jesper (who styled all the outfits for Helle's opening), Helle, and Maja.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Margiela trainers and boxes of Schiesser underwear.
Inside the store there were hoards of well dressed men, including a crew of Japanese boys dressed in CDG. The store is basically a white glass cube that is currently encased in a plywood box.
A Margiela Oxford shoe with tons of tiny nails embedded in the heel. I suppose it's the male equivalent to my Margiela nail bootie?
A crappy picture of the unwearable Margiela heel through the window of the original Project No.8 store.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Since The Jeffery Campbell shoes on Solestruck were out of stock in my size, I went for these Betseyville clogs. I have wanted a pair of wooden clogs ever since Viktor and Rolf Fall 07.
I am wearing a vintage secretary blouse, Dior Homme tank, Six Six Sick skirt, and my new clogs!
I loved this show even though they got a lot of slack from it.
Here are the traditional Dutch clogs that I am going to import. I kind of want the blank ones so that I can go crazy with some paint!
Melissa shoes makes these SUPER COMFORTABLE clogs.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I've lived in Manhattan for my entire life, and somehow I've managed to miss The Shape of Lies, a tiny jewel box on 127 East 7th Street, even though it's been open for thirty years. The owner, Peggy Yunque, lives in the back of the store with her husband, and makes many of the pieces she sells on a jeweler's bench that sits right behind the cash wrap. It's incredible to stumble upon the space, which seems like the last standing relic of the era of Mom and Pop stores, which once dominated the the East Village but have been mostly replaced by chichi boutiques.
The entire collection of Anomaly Jewelry's Zodiac Babies, which I love so much.