Monday, August 27, 2012

Fairy Dust

James Jean is probably most well known in the fashion world for his ethereal 2008 collaboration with Prada on their fairy collection, which was printed with Jean's signature illustrations of willowy waifs. His work is highly informed by his background as a comic book artist, yet seemed perfectly matched for the dreamy, pajama-like attire that was presented that season.  It doesn't seem so shocking or unnatural then that Jean has recently launched his own line of accessories, OVM, focusing on jewelry on scarves that embody his other-worldly aesthetic.  The jewelry features metal drips that morph around the neck and splash across fingers, and enameled butterflies drawn straight from his artwork, while the scarves are printed with his fantastical illustrations.  Since I cannot afford to purchase a piece of Jean's artwork (although his prints are a reasonable alternative), I feel like OVM is another good way to get your hands on Jean's pieces, even if you still have to cough up quite a bit of cash.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sleepless in Seattle

Dress courtesy of Bobi, Gary Graham coat, Norrback ballet flats, Slow and Steady Wins the Race sunglasses, Triskaidekaphobia necklace.

Just got back from a whirlwind mini-vacation to Seattle to visit my brother, who just relocated there.  I was pretty bummed when he decided to switch coasts, but it was the perfect opportunity to make a trip out there.  I had only been once before, and we tried to squeeze in as much as possible during our very short stay.  Trips to Pike Place Market and Bainbridge Island were mandatory, as well as eating plenty of oysters and seafood at every meal.  I also had to make a trip to Totokaelo, the achingly beautiful design and clothing store that happens to be around the corner from my brother's new apartment.  The weather even cooperated, and the notoriously grey town brightened for the majority of our stay.  I'm already planning my next trip back.

Pike Place Market

Rock Lobster at the Pike Place Fish Stall

Flowers at Pike Place Market

My brother during our visit to the magical Bainbridge Island

The least sanitary tourist attraction ever--Seattle's gum wall

Jimmy's favorite stop, Mike's Chili Parlor

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012


All photos by Gary Graham

Earlier today, I happened to be stumbling through ABC Carpet & Home, one of my favorite places to ogle all the finer things that I cannot afford, when I came across Gary Graham's little boutique. I've always known it was there, but when admiring (but not touching) five floors of handpainted teapots. 19th century furniture, and woven blankets that are worth several months of my rent, I somehow forget there's actually a small section of clothing thrown into the rarified mix of semi-precious objects. I'd seen Graham's show a few seasons ago at Milk studios, and immediately was drawn into the witchy-wanderer world that he created.  While Graham's clothes could carelessly be labeled "gypsy" or, worse yet, "boho" neither label does justice to the clothes.  The designer is clearly drawn to weather-worn colors and textile finishes that noirishly hint at decay, but uses expertly pieced together holey knits and meticulously rendered digital prints to create the effect of studied imperfection.

Such perfect imperfection comes at a price, but lucky for me the boutique is currently in the middle of its end-of-season sale, with all of the spring collection discounted at up to 90% off (I highly suggest you stop by ASAP! if you are in New York).  After trying on everything in sight, I snatched up a printed coat.  Nonetheless, what I'm really looking forward to is seeing the Fall collection, with all of the patchwork coats and peeling wallpaper-like prints, when it hits the store, which I plan on visiting more regularly from now on.


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Monday, August 6, 2012

Oh, Savannah


A while back, I posted my friend Savannah's lookbook video, Black is Black, which was so successful that it ended up being knocked off by the likes of Rihanna, headgear, black body paint, and all.  In spite of this completely disheartening turn of creative copycatting, Savannah has not been discouraged, and has gone on to make two more visually stunning videos featuring her work.  The latest, La Foudre Noire, is a short, but mesmerizing clip of a girl running through the woods pursued by two masked followers.   Like all of her films, the video was directed by Savannah, and features her glorious costume designs. While the outfits are bound to inspire, hopefully the work will only gain Savannah more admirers rather than imitators.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Summer Sales

Just a quick heads up on two upcoming summer sample sales! First, Christina will be selling her other jewelry line, Arms and Armory, alongside our friend Chrishabana at his summer weekly Popup store staged out of his apartment.  There will be plenty of discounted jewels and even some candles, and Chris will be holding his popup every week with different designers.

Also, mark your calendar's for the EVA New York and Collina Strada's joint sale, which will take place at the EVA store (355A Bowery St) on August 22nd-27th.  EVA already has plenty of excellent merchandise discounted at up to 75% off, and in a few weeks Collina Strada will be joining the sale with up to 80% off of some of her classic bag styles.  I already have one of Hillary's incredible Hobo bags, which gets an obscene amount of wear, and have an eye out for one of her backpacks, which I'm guessing will make an appearance at the sale...

This beautiful Moto Bike Bag, originally $350, will be on sale for $125

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