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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Birds of a feather....

You know when people have fabric loves? Like leather (more of a fetish really), leopard-print or paisley? Mine is feathers. The peacock dress by Prada for the '05 collections? I still dream about that dress. I have no idea why though, I don't even like birds all that much. While I'm pretty sure that owning a feather dress is going to remain a distant boudoirish dream, I'm quite happy to live vicariously through designers like Nuj Novakhett, who designed this stellar stiff black feather skirt,

Twilight - The Phoenix Foundation
Rugla - amiinaBalkan Low Rider Anthem - Alaska in WinterThe Ratio of Freckles to Stars - HalouFalling Through the Roof - Horse FeathersSideways - Let's Go SailingBlue Summer - The Phoenix FoundationLibraries - SeabearThere is an End - The Greenhornes with Holly GolightlyTake the A Train - Duke Ellington
or Zipped

PS. Why is a raven like a writing desk?

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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Happy Days...

I'll tell you no lies, on days that I have bigger plans than vacuuming, watching Diagnosis Murder and half-heartedly bidding on Ebay for a pair of vintage Lanvins, I spend at least half-an-hour sitting on my bed after my morning shower, just blankly staring at my wardrobe. And I mean, blankly.

If I had the funds, I might just buy a week's worth of clothing from
Sretsis' latest collection 'MontoSun' - designed by Thai designer Pim Sukhahuta. A graduate of Parsons, Sukhahuta started her label 3 years ago with a desire to make clothes with nostalgic, whimsical styling, and each of her collections has been gorgeously designed with an interesting concept behind it. Her latest collection MontoSun (Monday-Sunday) is inspired by an old Thai tradition according to which it is "good luck to dress in the designated colour of each of the week. While Mon-Sun isn't so strictly color-coded, the collection takes a playful approach to outfitting for any occasion - whatever the week may bring. In the spirit of effortless perfection in dressing, the collection is comprised of pieces that are wearable as they are versatile. Mix-and-matchable pieces and details like reversibility enable the kind of surprising pairings that make the collection truly 'Mon-Sun'."

Take a look at her past collections too, while she's not edgy or avant-garde, sometimes it's boring when that's all you see on the catwalks, and Pim Sukhahuta's designs have developed over each collection in terms of materials and colour that it's hard not to find them completely adorable - sorta Karen Walker-ish. She has mixed the perfect amount of nostalgia, life through rose-tinted glasses and modern styling to produce a collection that I'd be happy to wear from Monday to Sunday, and that's saying something because she's made the equivalent of what I see as floral mummypants (a la Bridget Jones). Also, how much do you love the shoes in aquamarine?...Or is it turquoise? Anyway, Dulux calls it Grecian Spa.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Oh, hark at him...

Back in 1968, Simon and Garfunkel won an Oscar for the score to The Graduate, The Beatles released 'Hey Jude' in the States, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and Japanese photographer, T.Hayashida took a tour around the American Ivy Leagues. He documented the styles found at these colleges and put them together for a book, Take Ivy, which is now unfortunately out-of-print (they reprinted a small number a few years ago, so if you're interested you should keep a lookout as they might get a new publisher). The pictures I've found grabbed my interest as they're unexpectedly not dated at all, you could easily picture some of these guys on The Sart's website and walking around today. It's a brilliant slice of life within what I imagine is still quite an insular environment today, and I'm dying to get hold of a copy so I can see what other gems are within.

Click on the pictures for a better look - blogger is really stingy with picture space!

It's really reminded me of the fact that I quite like the preppy, clean-cut guys. With a proper haircuts. Who shave on a regular basis. Which unfortunately isn't the look du jour for most young guys, as it's apparently easier to leave your hair unwashed, throw on a pair of acid-wash jeans that have seen better days (in the 80's), and a v-neck sweater with just a little bit too much V. I mean, say it with me my friends. Grooming. It's this thing that people do, like washing hair and shaving. If girls have to wax 80% of their body hair, why do guys find shaving their faces so damn difficult?
This point was re-iterated as I did my quarterly re-trawl of magazines and I found that even men's magazines seemed to be pushing the return of the hairstyle as opposed to the caveman approach to styling (waking up and shoving in the nearest hair product).
Man About Town
Another Man

And if you've been following the S/S '09 menswear collections, you might already have come across Neil Barratt's latest work, which I am crazy about - the shoes alone made me almost cry. It's a seriously good-looking collection though, the flashes of fluorescent colour were inspired and did I mention the shoes?

PS. Has anyone else heard about Hedi's possible return to Dior Homme? Thoughts? Does anyone even particularly care?

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Let's Go Sailing...

I'm sorry about the extended absences between my posts lately, and also the rubbish attitude I seem to have acquired towards commenting etc, I am reading everyone's blogs as much as ever but I am heinous at generating something worthwhile to say.
Also I have been feeling rather domestic lately, and am doing things like cooking, sewing on buttons and hemming stuff. On Monday I actually went strawberry picking with a friend, and I spent yesterday cleaning and washing a vintage suitcase (courtesy of the step-pater's pater). It's looking pretty good. All I need is for someone to whisk me away to Capri now.

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