Inspiration from books, movies, television shows, fashion, websites, etc. Anything that I want to say something about.

Harper’s Bazaar April 2014 Subscription Cover

The photograph at left is used on the subscription cover of Harper’s Bazaar, but why mar it with the masthead or the headlines…. The counterintuitive black dress on black background, the no-makeup makeup and a wavy, just-undid-my-chignon hairstyle make this the simplest cover to come along in a long time. The appeal is in the(…)

L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic

The L’Wren Scott collection for Banana Republic certainly has a more grown-up feel than most designer collaborations to date but is in line with other Banana Republic collaborations like the Milly and Issa lines, that is to say, clothing professional enough for casual work-wear and preppy enough for sophisticated down-time, although the L’Wren Scott collection is(…)

Review of H&M Magazine Fall 2013

This is H&M’s catalog/ magazine and I am usually quite impressed with the content of these magazines so I don’t have much to gripe about mostly because it’s free and I don’t expect much so I am never disappointed. I am also little skeptical about what H&M reports as the major  trends because I suspect(…)

Review of the Isabel Marant x H&M Collaboration

There are three ways to look at designer collaborations. 1. What do I want to wear now? 2. What can I seamlessly incorporate into my wardrobe and 3. What pieces can I buy that no one will ever know is a collaboration and I can wear forever. In the first category you’ll find directional pieces(…)

In Defense of Designer Collaborations: Part 1–Collaboration Graveyard

When the Margiela collection came out I made the trip to the nearest store carrying the collection, a 3 hour drive away from where I live. I found everything to be overpriced but I did buy the nude fishnet-effect leggings and treasure them even though the elastic at the waist is terrible and needs to(…)

Nipples in Vogue

It used to be that you could look forward to seeing a beautiful bouquet of nipples in Paris Vogue. But with the end of Carine Roitfeld’s tenure those buds were were largely hidden under fashionable foliage of all types. Conversely, American Vogue, under the watchful eye of Anna Wintour since 1989, has been consistently covered up. But(…)

Review of The Catherine Malandrino for Kohl’s Lookbook

When I first heard of Catherine Malandrino collaborating with Kohl’s I was intrigued but skeptical about what the goods might look like, but I should not have worried. Since glimpsing the grainy pictures of Malandrino celebrating the collection on her facebook page in mid-May I have been enamoured of almost every look. Here I offer my(…)

Magazine Homework from Vanity Fair: The Group

As detailed in Vanity Fair’s article, The Group falls short, but as I have no intention of ever reading the book, I don’t know if it falls short of the book. The movie is available on youtube and is 2 hours and 30-some minutes. It feels really long, which is such a shame because the(…)

Everything Lena Dunham does is amazing

Everything Lena Dunham does is amazing and important. Even the stuff she doesn’t do but has her name attached to it is amazing. Ahem, Girls nail polish. Anything that she creates I will read or watch from now until she retires. If the thing she does next sucks, whatever she does after that will still have my(…)

Thinking about Catherine Malandrino for Kohl’s Paris collection

I first began thinking about how we assimilate cultural codes into our clothing when Catherine Malandrino announced her collaboration with Kohl’s’ DesigNation. In the past, Narciso Rodriguez designed a collection inspired by Istanbul and Derek Lam drew inspiration from Rio de Janeiro. Having chosen Paris as her city of inspiration, Catherine Malandrino is the only(…)