Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

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Karl Lagerfield really outdid himself this time. We're going to ignore the fact that fall is not for another year and simply discuss this stunning collection. Obviously, it was Indian-inspired. You saw it everywhere, from the headpieces to the nose rings to the draped pants to the collars to the plentiful prints. Despite never having been to India, Karl got it totally right. And he used Indian girls! It's about time, fashion is seriously deprived of Indian models. What I really appreciated about the design was the effortless synthesis of classic Chanel craftsmanship and elegance with modern edginess and ease. Even the tweed suits looked completely new, an enormous feat considering the brand has been making them for a billion years (well, since 1926). Overall, it was a luxurious collection replete with detail and innovation.


Electric Ladyland

(Charlotte Free by Elena Rendina in Wonderland Magazine)

This editorial captured my fancies almost precisely! Grunge lips and eyes, prints, prints, and more prints, big-ass florals, and raaaaaaiiinnnbbbbbooooowwww. And I was even thinking about dying my hair pink a few days ago... 


I refuse to name this post after a Hendrix song.

As a kid, the only music my parents exposed me to was Queen and Abba. As a result, I have an obscene passion for glam and glitter and awful hairdos. It wasn't until about two years ago that I started to explore the real classics, the Tumblr-approved golden age of the 60s and 70s, plus some blues. I'm about to sound totally cliche hear, but it was music that truly changed my perspective on life and the way I was living mine. I realize a lot of people were brought up listening to this stuff, and they might read this and think, "Relax your balls, girl." I should definitely do that, but for someone like me who grew up in a musically starved environment as a child of parents from a musically starved environment, this is all still brand new to me. And with that, we turn to the righteousness that is Jimi Hendix's wardrobe.

In a surprising turn of events, Hendrix has inadvertently become my style inspiration. Just look at the way he mixes prints in that first photo! And plays with textures! I envy the man for the way he wears a band jacket, fringe jacket, ruffle shirt, etc. I guess that makes everything? I've always favored menswear, but Jimi's fantastic in that his style was so feminine already. What made him so irresistible was the bravado and electricity he carried himself with, combined with a certain sweetness. Anyway, his look was all about layers and contrast, a welcome departure from the bulky gray uniform of winter (I can't complain; California winters never get below 55 degrees). I plan on investing on some serious jackets, more eccentric shirts, and plenty of psychedelic scarves. So many scarves.
While I have your attention, I'd like to mention The Ars Nova's upcoming show at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. It's on December 17th at 6:15 pm. Stick around for Maleki Theory, The Dirty Nixon, Ophiuchus, and Black Morning Missiles!

And finally...



Carven SS12

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I thought I was done with show reviews, but this Carven show has been haunting my dreams. It's not exactly prolific, but it's a show full of clothing for PYTs with a passion for crazypants prints, cheeky tailoring, a good deal of skin, and borderline lederhosen. Basically, it's the collection that will make prim and proper eccentrics go mad, me included. I mean, I wear cropped collared shirts and short shorts and blazers and weird sunglasses all the time, maybe I should have styled this show? It's in the cards!


Album of the Month: November 2011

The Doors
The Doors

Call me cliche. I dare you. I also dare you to call this band or this album boring. Sure, when people think about the Doors, the image of Jim Morrison is difficult to disregard, but there was so much more to them. Have you ever truly paused to listen to Ray Manzarek's keyboards? Like his solo in Light My Fire? They were what set the tone of each song and what I recall after listening to the album for the fiftieth time. Melodically, the album is superlative. It's so damn catchy! But the true core of the band remains with Morrison. He is one of my constant inspirations, and his imagery perfectly captures the world he built around himself. And really, who else can make amorality look so sexy? The man was a true poet of his time, and a visionary for posterity. I mean, really, what the fuck is The End all about? It's almost universal in its interpretations, a quality that makes it a lasting masterpiece. Admiration aside, The Doors really is a fantastic album that speaks to both the flower child and the devil worshiper in us. 
Favorite Songs: Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar), Twentieth Century Fox, The End


This one's narcissistic

So you know that band I've been mentioning here and there for the past few months? You know, mine? We finally have some songs online for everyone to listen to, download, whatever. Maybe you'd like to take it a step further and like our Facebook? For all you progressive folk, the link is on the sidebar. For all of you who laready have Facebook open in another tab (let's get real here), search for The Ars Nova.Get to know us. Be one with us. Insert more spiritual jargon here.

I love fall dressing with a passion, but seeing this makes me want to return to spring. This is just too good, man. This girl has got pale everything, which only makes the colors pop all that much more.



Walk like a panther

Ignore my total dork face, the point here is to show off my snazzy DIY/ thrifted possessions. Well, minus the cardigan. Sorry, Samantha.
I've been having some Russians stay with my family for the past two weeks. Yes, it's a constant party, and no, I don't sleep. Issue. At least Halloween is almost upon us, that most rad of holidays! In typical Stacy fashion, my costume's still not done, but just you wait, Henry Higgins.


Wet Look

I don't know about you guys, but this video is driving me simply mad. I really like slicked-back hair on long-haired girls; it's incredibly underrated. Yes, gel is scary and somewhat nasty and I've had some awful experiences with it due to ballroom dance mania, but it's all worth it when the result is this beautiful wet look. And no one rocks the lilac/gray hair like Ivania of Love Aesthetics. Am I wrong?


Album of the Month: October 2011

Mirror Mirror
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I once showed this album to a friend, and he likened the listening experience to "psychedelic cotton candy." Truer words were never spoken. The whole thing sounds like an acid trip gone wrong, but in the best possible way! You can't go wrong with an album with such a long-winded name! I feel the urge to learn about cults and dance uncontrollably when I listen to this (which is really quite often). Mirror Mirror uses murky guitars, out-of-this-world keyboards, lots of cymbal, various sound effects, and bizarre, all-too-hip lyrics. While it retains a lo-fi quality, the album doesn't sound fuzzy at all, just spacious, like your mind is expanding a dimension a minute. At 36 minutes, your mind is going to need quite a bit of room to take this all in. All in all, it's the perfect album to put on while thinking, traipsing through the woods, or even just in the background so the music can fade in and out of your consciousness.
Favorite Songs: Don Coyote's Confession, Eugene, Cry for More, Love is the Law

New Horizons


Say what?

I'm in love. This is what I want to look like. Now. I mean, the hair is perfect, the shirt is perfect, the pants are perfect, her bracelets are perfect. I realized as I was typing that my last sentence could do with some editing, but I like it as is; at least you know I'm excited. On that note, all the Fashion Weeks are over! Expect a lot of catching up and quite a bit of commentary. Again, I'm going to try to get out of Fashion Week mode, just give me a few more posts!
By the way, my band is playing another show at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park this Saturday at 9:30. Anyone down? Just look out for the Ars Nova.


Bora Aksu SS12

Bora Aksu Spring 2012 - Backstage

I had never heard of Bora Aksu previously, but this collection certainly piqued my interest. It was inspired by Edwardian postcards from a Geneva antique market. This could possibly be one of my top shows this season! It just appeals to my sweet side, but satisfies my love for color and edge with the use of sheers and various blues (and a few pinks, too), and you know i was all over the flower headband department. The almost burnt petals on the runway subverted the obvious romantic message for a darker one. It's the gloominess of an era gone by, of losing something important. The dark eyes and ripped tights seen on almost every model contributed to the dead glamour vibe. Oh look! A dark perversion of an otherwise romantic concept! My fall vibes are all over it, y'all.
Also, I realize the past month or so has basically been show reviews, which can't be the most exciting read. I'm trying to mix it up with posts of a varying nature, but Fashion Week is that kind of thing I have to write about NOW or risk forgetting about completely. Nevertheless, I have a busy weekend ahead of me and some serious photo-taking to be part of. ANOTHER SHANA TOVA TO ALL MY JEWS UP IN THE CLUB!


No one mourns the wicked

I had to say it: the following editorial reminded me of a more fashionable rogue Elphaba. That's not to say I don't love it, it's just the preoccupation with shades of green that spurs the comparison. Anyway...

Just stunning. I love the layering, the makeup, the accessories, everything.
Happy Rosh Hashanah fellow Jews!