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26 posts from March 2008

March 02, 2008

Panel Detaling

Panel detailing-though I wouldn't call it a trend- has popped up in several collections over the past few years-most recently in Rick Owen's fall collection in Paris. He conjured up a gothic super-villain, complete with capes and seemingly wing-like fixtures on the model's backs. The zip-up panels flap against the models hips and hug their torsoes-the result is irresistably bad-ass. 

Christopher Kane's debut collection in Spring 07 caused a sensation with his ruffled, frilly, ring-embellished panelled dresses. The panels framed the erogenous zones and were scandalously short-Carine Roitfeld infamously wore a sheer black one that put her lingerie on full-display. Not that she didn't totally pull it off-who wouldn't kill for that woman's body?

Anyway, both of these collections couldn't help but bring to mind the scuba-inspired paneled dress Ghesquiere created for Balenciaga spring 07. I'm certainly not implying that Rick or Christopher were borrowing from this, but when you line them all up it's cool to see how this has been developed. It's futuristic and very sexy...I like that it flows with the body's natural curves. Hope to see more of this soon!


March 01, 2008

Two is better than one!

Things that come in pairs are twice as nice!

The above picture features is a pair of our pairs of platform Marni wedges. The chunky, irregular sillouhette is so futuristic, but completely wearable. Every variation shown on the runway was highly desirable. My mom and I both ended up getting a pair of these! Barneys is going to be getting this same shoe in a dove gray and pale yellow color combination. I should add that contrary to appearances these shoes are extremely comfortable to walk in! I like to wear them with more classic pieces, futuristic architecture looks great dressed down. I tried mine with a viscose-blend dress from the Row and Ralph Lauren jodphurs.

Shoes aren't the only great thing to be had in pairs:

I love the symmetry that they create. Our fireplace is flanked by a pair of wooden gryphens and on the mantle is a pair of Ganesh figures. The wooden dogs in the lower corner were picked up at the Fair Park flea market here in Dallas, aren't they handsome?? They are most likely from Guatemala or Mexico.

Real dogs are best in pairs too. Above picture are Staci and Toulouse, helping me with a sewing project

The pair of little men attached to my purse are voodoo doll keychains I bought in Mexico, I liked the fortune teller/hippie vibe they had when paired with my tie dye bag. Haven't tested them out yet, though....

Till next time,


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