Friday, December 19

ALYSON FOX

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Feature: Alyson Fox's Etsy Store.
Since I'm not really one to offer canned gifts under $ ___ and really enjoy giving personal gifts to individual people, I can't contribute much to the holiday spirit of shopping for your loved ones. Since I've been back in Austin for the holidays, I did recently stumble upon these reasonably (or perhaps crazy inexpensive) prints by beloved local artist Alyson Fox. She just recently opened up her own Etsy store so you should snag these prints before they're gone! Images courtesy of Alysonfox.






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Tuesday, December 2

WHYRED BOOTIE

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Feature: Whyred Bootie.
I've been debating for some time now about whether I should share my purchases / real life with my readers. While I don't intend for this blog to be a "daily wardrobe" blog, I think I'm going to start adding more personal elements to it. Although I've been trying to keep my purchases to a minimum as a graduate student, I won't deny that I love to collect clothes, especially shoes. Although I'm sure these are less than interesting to most of you, I just ordered from Bird what I consider the perfect boot for everyday wear in all the elements. While I have been donning four inch heels on my 20 minute walk to Penn's campus everyday, I think it's finally time for me to face the fact that it rains and snows here. I particularly love the slight wedge heel and structural element to the boot and as I've also learned recently, investing in a quality boot is never a bad idea on the east coast.




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Monday, December 1

KROOPLES

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Feature: Krooples.
Despite the funny name, Krooples is a new label that carries amazingly perfect basics. They make that one basic that you've been looking for but could never find the one that was just right. You know what I'm talking about. Kind of like APC but a little bit more edgy rather than prep. They seem to add the right detailing and cuts on the collars, materials and fit. For example, the 3/4 length trench -- a perfect classic trench -- that you see in magazines and on other people, but could never locate for yourself. Well, now you know where you can get it from Krooples, an offshoot of Comptoir des Cotonniers. Since I'm American, I think it should be pretty hard to find but I think there is some comfort just know that Krooples exists for the next time I'm in France... although I'm not sure when that time will be. Via thesearchforchic. Images courtesy of thekrooples.com.



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LD TUTTLE


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Feature: LD Tuttle. I love the industrial but luxe look of these shoes and boots. Designed by Tiffany Tuttle, these shoes exude a practicality with perfect detailing that immediately make them stand out. I'm digging the thick heels, cut outs, and biker detailing on the flat boots. I've seen them at Oak, Creatures of Comfort and a few other of my favorite boutiques. Surely, LD Tuttle is going to blow up as they've already recently collaborated with Erin Wasson's new line. I can't get enough of these shoes, now if only I could try some on sometime soon. Images courtesy of ldtuttle.com/shoes



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Sunday, November 16

CLAUDIA SCHULTZ









Feature: Claudia Schultz
's hats possess a sculptural quality that I haven't seen anywhere else. Not only is the shape absolutely perfect and unique, she also has an eye for color. Although many hats I see end up looking like a knitting or craft project, Schultz's hat have a streamlined effect. And although I am sometimes a fan of Eugenia Kim's hats, I definitely prefer the more modern, minimalist quality of Schultz's hats, especially now that winter is here! Images courtesy of http://www.claudiaschulz.com/.





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Saturday, November 8

COMPLEX GEOMETRIES P. II






Feature: Complex Geometries. I've always been a fan of Complex Geometries and their new Spring/Summer collection exudes an intellectual attitude that I love. Adam, from Complex Geometries, tells me their current line is "inspired by the culture of mobility, exploring the pragmatics and aesthetics of travel. Functionally, items are designed to be versatile, light and easy to move. Crumpled silk packs small. Coated fabrics stay clean and dry. Light construction means items can be layered, even in warm climates. Draped dresses and vests provide enough space to carry the whole wardrobe in cleverly disguised pockets. Traditional clothing from around the world also influences the look of the collection. Specifically, souvenir clothing favoured by Western travelers is further decontextualized in reinterpretation."

These classic materials combined with unconventional shapes are best illuminated by movement. I'm excited by what Complex Geometries contributes to the market, especially for their minimalist yet innovative silhouettes. Overall, as reflected in their name, the label is in the vanguard of intellectual, artistic and fashion design. Thanks very much to
Adam DeKeyser for reminding me about this collection! Images courtesy of complexgeometries.com




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Sunday, November 2

CHARLES ANASTASE








Feature: Charles Anastase.
This collection balances topsy turvy, avant-garde, geek, and princess through its muted palette, total juxtaposition and layered silhouettes for spring. It reminds that I love two colors and a shade in between: black for fall, white for spring, and grey all year round. Also, I'm loving the naughty use of tan platforms with these monochromatic outfits, since I have a weakness for platforms. This Charles Anastase works for my inspiration as a graduate student since it adds edgy insanity to the otherwise mundane ins and outs of daily life! Most of all, I love the Vivienne Westwood allusions throughout the collection. Dare I say it, I like it better than Westwood. All in all, my favorite look is #1. All images courtesy of style.com.







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Saturday, November 1

LINDSEY ADELMAN










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Lindsey Adelman. Lighting designer and artist, Lindsey Adelman, creates drawings of beautiful images with human hair, ink, gouache. Yes, human hair. The idea of the tedious labor of love involved in constructing these delicate images with human is both appeaing and grotesque -- a juxtaposition I'm very much interested in. On top of that, without looking closely, the images' use of hair are seamless, making it look deceptively simple. All images from lindseyadelman blog.





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Tuesday, October 28

HEDI SLIMANE

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Feature: Photos from Hedi Slimane's Diary. I really enjoyed seeing these seemingly disparate photos from Hedi Slimane's online "diary" since they map out his aesthetic through different objects or people. The consistent use of black and white and a larger-than-life effect definitely resonates in all the photos and gives you a sense of his style inspiration and experience beyond his infamously fitted Dior Homme suits. All from hedislimane.com.





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Friday, October 24

RITTENHOUSE








Feature: Rittenhouse. Talk about fashion you'd actually wear. For some, Aussie-label Rittenhouse would be a little understated, but for others much like myself, Rittenhouse exudes an effortless everyday chic. I've been dying to show their collections but I don't think their website has been up for very long. Enjoy a new staple label from across the other ocean -- I'd even say they're as good as cult-label A.P.C. back in the good ol' days -- at the very least, they're definitely aiming for the same consumer. All in all, I just appreciate their natural textures, subdued colors and simple shapes. Images courtesy of rittenhouse.





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OUTERWEAR

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1. Opening Ceremony
2. Mayle
3. Lerario Beatriz
4.Karen Walker
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Feature: Outerwear.
Since the weather just skipped straight from Summer to Winter here, jackets and coats have been on my mind. I don't actually have the bank to afford any of these items but I think they work as fashion inspiration even if you're on the market for more affordable options. I'm featuring pretty different styles (for different weathers) just because I love each of the shapes and colors -- plus, if you're like me, you love layering so keeping your options open during the winter is always a plus. All jackets from lagarconne.com.





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