Archive for ‘Style and Fashion’

August 11, 2011

A literally chatty blogista with flair for fashion and a love of visual feats: Garance Dore’s blog

GaranceDore.fr 
in English

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I found Garance Dore’s blog via The Sartorialist.  She’s a fashion illustrator turned fashion blogger and photographer.  A very favourable turn too.

As a start, I stumbled upon her photographs of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled “Savage Beauty”.

The curation was perfect, from the layout to the sound design – it allows you to take a mind-blowing journey into the designer’s imagination. Emotion catches you and stays with you for days.

I was so moved that I asked for authorization to go back and take pictures…

To be honest, it takes a very high-grade photographer with substantial wits to be able to first, consider capturing such works on film; second, consider to seek permission with authority such as the Met; third, action all of this and fourth, gain such incredible results.  It is a worthy blog bundle.

Her postings to have caught me are:

  • Illustrations–
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Beauty”
    • “Your Best Worst Advice – Love”
    • “Garance Forgets Everything and Talks About Nothing”
  • Portraits–
  • Dressing —
    • Real Leather” <—her thoughts on city bags and she’s re-considered seven types of bags that city people should use or have been seen using most often
    • “Hot Pants” <—omg, how do we do these nowadays?  And so she gives us an illustration and a true life example in “Sweet Little Angel
  • Collages–
    have a gander, the overall resultant natural feeling of ‘togetherness’ of such a jumble of visuals and writing speaks volumes of her ability to combine things to a superb effect of discreet styling with purpose.
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August 11, 2011

More picks from TheSartorialist.com

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Pic 1: A real winning combo with the choice of translucent frames and sheer, minimalistic nude dress.  The black accent on the collar adds a stronger, dramatic side to avoid too much fro-fro with the soft nude fabric and as a special bonus echoes the black of the sunglasses and she has also chosen to emphasise this black accent further by wearing a black underwear – great choice.

Pic 2: So retro, but with the contemporary sunglasses and new, stronger, higher-quality fabric of the flat cap, it most certainly has up-to-date modern refinements.  Otherwise, such a detailed and fittingly knowledgeable take on such a vintage look could make a person look quite poor.  The subtlety and qualities have to be just right.  The waistcoat is also a finer, thinner fabric and the shirt shows underlying yet not frivolous detailing to suggest, correctly, higher sartorial knowledge than one might expect at first glance.

Pic 3: The lady has been shopping about town in New York, and what a tiring task it is too.  But she shows such prestige in her actions – she dresses down but not without thought and deliberation and she makes the most of what essentially is a whole load of flimsy, creased, plain fabric with buttons.  She turns it into something to enjoy wearing.

Pic 4: I have *always* been waiting for shorts like this to come along.  Shorts for people who need space for bottoms to come and go as they please.  Nice posturing to show off her chosen style combo – what a handbag.  Would you believe this was snapped on Prince Street?  Very fitting.

Pic 5: He has animal print for a handkerchief!  Woo-hoo… that really is very unique to be able to pull that off and still look ready for business in a sincere and serious manner.  I have heard the way a man chooses to knot his tie can be very telling… and I suppose it is.  Plus shades… erm, let’s sum this up:

  • animal print handkerchief,
  • sunglasses,
  • very pointy collar,
  • all one colour of blue, and
  • a tie knotted imperfectly for him.

Yes, requires impeccable, implicit and necessary higher-level sartorial knowledge to continue to have business associates and dealings.

August 11, 2011

11th August: my fast choice of close-ups from TheSartorialist.com

Sartorialist-Aug11-1Sartorialist-Aug11-2Sartorialist-Aug11-3Sartorialist-Aug11-4Sartorialist-Aug11-5Sartorialist-Aug11-6Sartorialist-Aug11-7 The Internet accidentally swiped me onto TheSartorialist.com today and there I was, bathing in a few cuts and slices of walking fashion out there.  In particular, these cuts are from Florence and the last one, in black and white, is from Paris.

Pic 1: The detail and accuracy of the blonde in the blue shirt was astounding.  Even from that one slice you can see his style – crazy but true, he has clashed together a very contemporary city-style for the summer, of glasses, bow-tie, shorts and shoes without socks.

Pic 2&3: same guy, but he had so much going on detail-wise that one shot wasn’t enough.  He had truly created a unique look for himself.  The shoes – omg, who can carry them and fit in? – are a bit of a winner, to tell you the truth.  And one of the most dreaded pitfalls of a working city fella?  A rucksack with a tailored jacket… but he’s done it.

Pic 4: I should have covered another close-up of him here, he actually had blue and red boaters on his bare feet, but I decided on his hands.  True hands that have truly met and excelled at crafts or technology over a long period of time.  Good dexterity and eye-hand co-ordination going on here.  Very concise handiwork.

Pic 5: This is the sort of gal that does *not* refuse a good heel or wedge, come what may.  Socks and tights are the answer to pain and fatigue.  And she has done it with aplomb here – hats off and well done.

Pick 6&7: Another chunky type of look, but this time the detail is in the heart.  He actions his details.  You can’t really pinpoint it in his overall look and manner, it really is in what he does.  It is what is ultimately his style that is taking off: the way he puts his hand in his trouser pocket  while carefully folding back the lapel of his jacket, the way he chooses to handle his wallet and money.  Despite what might appear to be quite restricting and even unflappable clothing, he still comes through with succinct movement and ability to show flap-ability of concern.  That is, many might associate herring bone and checks with precision to the point of inhumanity, but not here.

August 11, 2011

Need a page-turner and love fashion faux-pas? Here’s a website to get your teeth into and give yourself a giggle: TheFashionPolice.net

Fashion Police dot Net-3 What caught me was one of TheFashionPolice.net’s old postings on Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld giving ankle bags a trial run on the catwalks, which apparently had a moment on Chanel’s SS08 show:
I know I’d be no more likely to strap a tiny handbag to my ankle than I’d be to buy a pair of shants

The post was brief, yet to the point and got me clicking on more articles.  I suppose also, they were quick to pick up a detailed point and chose some good photography.  I liked the website because they’ve got linkage throughout the articles and site.

For example, what on earth are shants?  *Click*

Sheer trousers through which other people can view your beautiful lingerie, for those of you who didn’t click.

So, FashionPolice.Net say they are
a light-hearted look at the good, bad and downright ugly side of fashion, by people who love it, but don’t take it too seriously.

Some of my instant favourites out of their listed categories, include:

  • Ugly Prom Dresses
  • Dress of the Day <— made me slurp
  • Fashion Fraud Squad
    (e.g. “Designer vs High Street: Victoria Beckham vs Closet”; and
    ”Spot the Difference: Betsey Johnson vs Bakers”) <—these articles are a bit of a winner for me ^_^
  • Wanted!
    (e.g. “Shoe Porn: Miss KG ‘Minnie’ shoes in red suede and black polka dot” <—delish!;
    ”Wanted! Retro-style swimsuits at Target” <—so needed;
    “Shoe Porn: Rupert Sanderson 140mm patent tri-coloured open toe pumps <—by  heck!; and
    ”Shoe Porn: Zara black pointed toe court shoes” <—*gulp*)
  • Columns & Opinions
    (e.g. “Thylane Loubry Blondeau: is a 10 year old too young to model adult fashion?”;
    ”In Praise of Jeggings. No, really.”;
    ”The Right Way to Wear Leggings”; and
    ”Politics and fashion don’t mix – how Samantha Cameron ruined my favourite dress”) <—omg, giggles
  • Style on Trial <—only read if you have a strong stomach, any style on trial requires strength of digestion and a resilient mind, otherwise you could get sore eyes and a belly ache.
  • Save or Splurge <—great for aiding your financial decisions, perhaps even a great substitute for a bank manager –_<

A definite on my rounds of sporadic perusals.

July 22, 2011

Do you have an insatiable appetite for fashion and edgy photography? Then try calling in at “We The Urban Magazine”

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"… dedicated to everything related to culture, including: music, art, fashion, photography, and more…"

For the fashion industrious or the the strong of stomach and mind… 100% fashion proof. You have been warned.

My verdict?  Bring me tea, bring me lemons, bring me milk, bring me biscuits and cookies… and a plaster for my wrists and I’ll happily sit here curled up on my armchair clicking through all 248 pages.

What is amazing in my mind, is how they managed to sidle (slightly) away from the styles of other magazines – why veer so greatly away from something that already works so well? 

Its content contains a great variety of fashion styles, but the overall tone is still quite unanimous.  Mind you, they only established themselves in September 2009.  

I’ll sit back and wait for more… ^_^ .  Yummy.

July 17, 2011

Often have lots to blog about but sometimes feel print is too dry? Ever thought of emoticons? A brief outing of some of the icons I *heart* from Smiley Central’s extensive graphics.

On the verge of my tongue are the words, “I can’t believe what they can do at SmileyCentral.com !?”  But, oh yeah, I am not their advertorial and *ahem* I have a *little* pride in being a bit up-to-date with what’s possible and what’s happening in the world of graphics, illustrations and animations.

So, my chosen words of final verdict?  I am very willing to allow what were once animated atrocities (but have now been transformed and improved into animated wunderkinds) greater and greater space in my online blogosphere. 

I just adore this kind of cuteness.  This is what I, in my mid-thirties, would roll-call as “definitely cute” and “definitively delightful to visually engage with on a glowing hi-resolution computer monitor in the beginnings of the 21st century”. 

Brilliant work.  Slap, slap and clap, clap to those who worked on these.  I’m hoping for more… you see, I’m not demanding at all… just reasonable and prone to *ahem* tantrums… *ahem*…

Tantrum

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

 

Puppy

puppy

Butterfly watching

 butterfly watching

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Gothgothic

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Valentine candy

Valentine candy

Geisha

geisha

Woman In Rollers

woman in rollers

Nerd

Nerd

Xray

X-ray

Beautiful

beautiful

Wild
wild

Dolled Up

dolled up

Mean

mean

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soda cup

Antique 1

antique

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko

July 13, 2011

Love style, but often bemused and confused? ThisIsMySuit.com are some of the people responsible for accessing and making further accessible the more enigmatic styles amongst us today.

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Taken away by the opening photography on this website: 

This is my suit. And yours? is one street fashion website from Romania, launched in September 2009. The idea is the fashion and the style from the streets of Bucharest and elsewhere, captured by us – a team of 5 people who care for the extremes in street fashion and continuously look for outstanding people with remarkable outfits.

Their work is not featured, not commissioned, not sponsored but they work with brands such as ELLE USA, Puma, Fossil, ASOS USA, Swarovski and more.

That means, I’m guessing, which should  be right, they are considered to have their own flair, their own additions and add-value when it comes to capturing imageries of style.  If you’re part of the crew who worry about being brainwashed by all-encompassing advertising and glossy magazine editorials then these are some of the people behind it all. 

I truly recognise the work and what makes it even more amazing is that they are able to shift their work in certain directions to allow for followers and copy-cats who distribute the work further.  That is, I’m sure Thisismysuit are continuously dynamic when it comes to edging their way forwards.  They take you on for a style ride that is a joy to follow.

Their blogroll is also of an instant breath-taking nature, but actually they’ve turned it into something digestible, something a kinder to a walk in a lovely enigmatic garden.  THx.

July 12, 2011

Love the way photographers can re-interpret what they see? Read TheSartorialist.

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It’s tagline is: “selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 design influencers”.

Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist writes,

I started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that I saw on the streets of New York that I thought looked great. When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life
Rarely do they (designers) look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres everyday people have been inspired to see themselves and others in a new and usually more accepting way.

Browsing and reading the blog is really quite refreshing. It is possible it’s because I’ve been reading female writers and their perspectives and reporting on fashion and style for all my life. I mean all. Yes, really *all* my life up until now. I rarely read male perspectives. However, over the last few years I’d been bumping into more and more male fashion/style writing in editorial magazines of the English broadsheet newspapers; but there wasn’t enough of a certain calibre to keep me going.

The Sartorialist is different in this genre because it really is written off-the-cuff from someone who has (in my eyes) good personal opinions. For example a snippet of the write-up that accompanies the photo of the day (see photo) is:

I love the simple urban explorer feel is perfection in its stealth measurably more refined by its juxtaposition with the rugged grooming It is such an art to be well-groomed but not manscaped. This is one of the best examples I’ve seen in a while.

And I guess that is what I like about The Sartorialist: it gives me another eye-sight.  Yes it is sexist, but I like it because I, and many other female fashion and style-lovers, would not have noticed this man on the street, for it really is stealth male style.  But I’m sure we’d fall for it!  Thanks for pointing it out. 

It is one of those styles that you will know when it is missing, but will not be able to pin-point to retrieve it.  Yet it is also discreet enough to be worn by many in the same place… but be warned, it’s not so easy to carry.  If it’s not for you, it’s not for you.  It only looks discreet and stealth because it so becomes and befits the man wearing it.  That, ultimately, is the key to good grooming.

July 12, 2011

I *love* seeing great style on the streets being captured by equally great photography… enjoying FaceHunter.

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For some great style on the streets, Yvan Rodic is your man…“a man out and about in london and beyond: eye candy for the style hungry”.

[ quoted from facehunter’s blog ]

Mr Rodic also known as Face Hunter was born in Vevey, a French-speaking part of Switzerland. He underwent copy writing stints for Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi in Geneva, Brussels and Paris. Being a born trend-spotter with a natural eye for photography, (started) snapping pictures of people at art events in his then home, Paris. In February 2006, almost casually, he began posting the results online: and just like that, Face Hunter was born.

Enjoy the way he captures these stylistas’ flair for the classic, the bold, the contemporary and the vintage all with a modern interpretation.  His camera work and presentation skills all capture them in the essence of the now without feeling abstract nor surreal.

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