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Nov

05

Zipper Belt

If you’ve noticed nearly all of my things are designed quite literally for myself, the mental process behind how things are created goes like “I want this, it’s not available anywhere else.” More stream of consciousness…“Designs just for people like me…”.

I am contradicting myself a bit here because in the past 5 years I’ve seen a lot of designers using zippers as embellishment. Sewing it onto hems (guilty of it too) or using it on shoes as pure decoration. I really hate this look. It’s completely useless to do such a thing, put a functioning object onto something that requires no such function.

But here I am, guilty as charged. Regardless of it’s non-function, the hip wants what it wants. I’ve been craving a zipper belt for ages, but you think it’s just going to happen so easily. It wasn’t of course, for months I had no clue what to do with these zippers transforming into belts. You have to think about adjustability, closures, how you’ll secure the hardware ends and all this. The essence of the zipper is that it’s malleable and infinite, so I chose to use these as advantages. You’ll see here, like a fresh piece of sashimi, the belt is really only about the zipper quality itself and not much else.

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Only using two materials, like canvas, and leather, this belt has a much more malleable feel. No buckle, and instead only D rings to loop, lock and twist down. I chose the canvas on purpose so it would somehow camouflage into my daily denim. I do like the contrast when you place it on white or blue denim. But it looks most stealth on a black denim of course.

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I never want to do belts because I don’t necessarily want to fuss over sizing. Some women have more meat on their bones and others prefer the high waist lock down and other’s like a low waist. That was my biggest challenge I guess with this was to have this belt option both ways.  Something that would look good on a low or high waist, and instead of going that typical belt direction of having holes and buckles, using the essence of the zipper’s malleable characteristic as the essential design motif. If you wear it on a high waist you’ll simply have more loops. Or maybe you only like one loop and a long tail. Up to you.

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Zippers available now.

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Oct

16

Say it in silver

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These necklaces did so well that a re-order was in place, the problem is that nothing happens overnight around here. And the irony of it all was that I assumed my readers were way too “classy” and “subdued” for this piece, too…how do you say..”elevated” (ha). In classic Times New Roman font and delicate chains, anything can look “timeless” …but upon closer inspection your boss or co-worker might read your neck and have you fired. Don’t blame me. Wear this with caution. And also, don’t forget that this would work nicely as a piece of Halloween jewelry. Not sensible for kids who want candy from neighbors though.

Another thing I noticed was that this colorless tone (as opposed to the gold) spoke directly to customers, to my shock it was the first color that flew out of my inventory. In a way I already predicted this would be the outcome, and so if you were hoping to get your hands on this color it’s available yet again.

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Sep

29

Double Faced Wool Robe, 9/29/14

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Today I wear the same old black jean and black long sleeve shirt combo, but topped it with one of these double faced wool robes – living in this one item all weekend – it definitely works perfectly for easy fall dressing. With a simple tie nothing can look more effortless. The black and charcoal contrast is so satisfying as well.

More soon.

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Sep

26

Video Clip Friday

Created just a year ago, when I was busy keeping myself off blogs (mine included), this certain clip completely slipped through my fingers, I came across this from some reader who e-mailed me. Katie Grand, and Jacobs, partnered up yet again (big surprise there) to create some kind of “fashion video”. In it, all girls have that drug gaze in their eyes, they’re mostly in lingerie, and it seems derivative of that “Night Porter” drivel. A crappy 70′s film on sex-for-survival exchange that went down during the Holocaust. Note that no part of this video is “tongue in cheek”, you can tell by the moody light and music. It’s downright eerie.

There is nothing wrong with the work of Katie Grand’s. It’s true that I think her frumpy granny chic aesthetic is contrived and boring. It’s true that her styling choices are tips I’d never use for myself. It’s also true that while I’m writing about her, I’m also yawning.

It’s also true that Marc Jacob’s grandma clothing is somewhat questionable. Nothing wrong with grandmas but lets dress age appropriate, or something. I once knew someone who loved his work. But I could never say it to her face. She was so opinionated about everything that if you disagreed you’d hear a nonstop lecture on why you were wrong. In any case, keep your mouth shut if you come across a Marc Jacobs fan. You won’t be able to leave the conversation – even for a whiz.

Getting back to my point, I don’t expect much from the fashion industry as a whole to act in a proper, dignified ‘fashion’. If money is supposed to buy you class and nice handbags, I hope you have the class to back it up. In Japan there is this entire thing called Enjo Kosai, which is like “compensated dating”. Basically a business arrangement where a young woman dates a leery older businessman for luxury goods. Which again, makes me not crazy about designer handbags, in 2014 it doesn’t even signal rarity or social status. But dressing up like a prostitute and heckling a MercB just so you can get paid is not a chic exchange. It’s not even shocking or controversial. People think it’s controversial because it’s associated with the House LV, but ever since T-bone Terry Richardson has been getting away with Porno Chic, most of us just roll our eyes and yawn. Aren’t we used to this contrived aesthetic? Isn’t porno-chic like, normcore or something…

There was a young woman who left a comment on my instagram mentioning how this video makes all women seem like sluts. It’s kind of true, is Grand expecting us to walk away from this trashy video thinking that women are dignified beings who can read, write, invent, and engage in intellectual conversations with the opposite sex? In the video, the minute the pal gets in that Benz she’s slipping off her night gown. The night gown in question isn’t even aesthetically pleasing (since it was designed by Jacobs, a man that seems like a “normie” from New Jersey, nothing wrong with New Jersey of course…). I mean, if you are going to humiliate women on screen like this, make that lingerie killer, you know?

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Sep

22

CDG fall 2001

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For fall you can dip back into the past for styling advice. CDG Fall 2001 gets it right with oversized lapels and shoulders…I like this mixed with digital print silk shirts just as it is styled on the runway.

(All photos via Firstview.com)

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Sep

18

90′s + 70′s

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Perfect, I totally want to look like this right now. Except I totally don’t have the energy to sew a snakeskin jacket like this.

Her purse, shoes, jacket, everything accessorized to perfection I don’t really know how she does it! Also like how this look is both 90′s minimalism and 70′s vibes all at the same time. (Photo via vogue.com)

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Sep

17

Western Clutch

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I brought these older designs back, except this time expanded on production. Experimenting with patchwork, each of these bags are same, but a little bit different. This purse uses new and vintage leather pieces for a real “worn in” vibe.

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Sep

10

En route … 9/10/14

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Truth is, I don’t fuck around in the mornings.

Literally all my photos are straight from my iPhone. That’s just how I roll nowadays.

On the go in my uniform. Easy black knit stretch round neck shirt with JBRAND jeans and a belt twisted and locked down.

Jacket is under my label. Luxirare.

Shoes are Degen. These are the highest quality shoes I’ve ever purchased. The production, not associated with Paris or Italy. Worn now for nearly 2 years and wore them like sneakers, walked everywhere. Only had to repair them once. Once!

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Sep

10

Summer’s over

If there’s one thing I’m craving right now it’s more sweaters. Some of my favorite staples below, from a hairy angora with over sized sleeves to drop shoulders these are all basics I’d work into my uniform. When you choose a knit it should always be done with precaution…A wrong purchase could mean an item you bought (under retail light and music seduction) your knit will not see light of day. It has happened to me before.

Atypical of your classic round neck knit, this one features an a-line shape.

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Extreme perfection, now the sleeves on this one are a-line. Slightly belled sleeves, a good look, but maybe the most impractical thing while working or cooking.

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A bold drop shoulder with ribbed sleeves.

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It’s a cardigan, no… it’s a blanket with sleeves..

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A must have for fall – it’s a ribbed mock neck or what you would call a very bold turtleneck. Basically a tube scarf attached onto a sweater.

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Ugh god, this look below is so…”Shopbop” if you know what I mean. The typical half sheer patched look at the shoulders and neckline…so so “done”, and yes it is a bit contrived, not really even natural, very..how do you say, Alexander Wang like 6 years ago. This is one of the less successful items in this lot. The look is too “fitted” and there’s a calculated vibe I really don’t like. But it’s the perfect item for fashion bloggers and “off-duty” fashionistas slash c-list models.

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Quintessential “Kate Moss” 90′s vibes below and I love hairy angora but I don’t wear it because it would look like I had poison ivy or something. My skin is sensitive. I’d be scratching myself all day. No I’d take it off the minute I had the chance.

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Contrast gauge knit.

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This approach below is way too hippie for me but if you’re into the holey texture. I like something much more covered.

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Really really great sleeves…

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Was this a mistake below? This sweater for me, is the worst. The only way I would style this is with an oxford underneath…and even then it would be a total mess. The knit would grab all the oxford’s extra fabric and create a weird kind of empire line..kind of like a sweater dress + shirt accident…This cropped knit would not work on a basic knit shirt either, it’d just look like you put two sleeve holes into a large scarf.

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I love this look below. This one I saved for last, the way this woman has styled her beefy cardigan and jeans – it’s so everyday but still pulled together and sexy. There is nothing contrived. She’s not dressed to the teeth. She doesn’t look so “done” in that typical “hair blown out lipstick coated” blogger-y or celebrity tabloid-y kind of way. You will notice a lack of stacked bangle bracelets, body chains, and other pretentious crap that goes hand in hand with selfies. With just a little more effort in the morning (some light makeup and hair considerations) any woman could work this look easily.

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