Givenchy Couture Fall 2011

Givenchy Fall 2011 CoutureGivenchy Fall 2011 CoutureGivenchy Fall 2011 CoutureGivenchy Fall 2011 CoutureGivenchy Fall 2011 CoutureGivenchy Fall 2011 Couture

This is only a six of the ten looks from the Givenchy couture show, but I assure you, they were all white. The collection was inspired by the idea of paradise and had a fragility one could perceive right away. In typical Ricardo Tisci fashion, the embellishments were copious and yet well-placed. His fascination with sheer fabric followed through to this season (much to my delight) and subverted the angelic quality of his clothing. What's left to say? Oh yeah, it's another beautiful and handcrafted couture collection from Givenchy that will hopefully be remembered for a long while yet.
With that, I'd like to say goodbye once again. London is tomorrow! Have a bomb week without me, even though I know it must be difficult to imagine a life without my ramblings and wisdom that doesn't suck, but just remember: Nothing is impossible, just unfamiliar.

EDIT: Happy birthday to Alice Glass.


Worst taste in music

Just thought I'd share some shots from a random shoot I did with my pineapple child April. Cool, no? The sweater is from Salvation Army.
Wow, I have nothing more interesting to divulge. Sorry for this major waste of your time, and goodbye for two weeks!


I wanna be like Grace Kelly

Givenchy Fall 2011 Ready-to-WearGivenchy Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

I believe I've found some of my inspiration for fall this year! I want to take the 50s and subvert them however I can. No, I will not wear a poodle skirt, but the full A-line skirt will hopefully make an appearance. The youth of the 50s was paving the way for the mods, hippies, and rockers of the 60s and every subculture after. Basically, they took the 50s in their stride with a major fuck-you attitude. It's hard to ignore the glamour of the era but even more difficult to overlook the rebellion of the young against the old. But I don't want to look all dark and dour all the time; here's to color! I mean, heeeeelllllooooooo. Pink Ladies? Pin ups? Rockabilly? I want fun and provocation to go hand in hand. That leaves quite a bit of territory to explore. By the way, did anyone else notice the Bettie Page sweaters from Givenchy's Fall 2011 collection? An overt hurrah to the queen of pin ups.
In other news, I'm leaving for camp on Monday followed by London the next Tuesday. If posts don't show up this weekend, then expect silence for the next two weeks. I know! A whole fortnight without my Internet presence! I'm aghast, too. But don't despair! We'll all have a nice lengthy conversation when I return. Stay sassy!

James Dean, Pink Ladies, unknown, vintage Balenciaga, Givenchy Fall 2011, To Catch a Thief, Lady Gaga, 50's beachwear, Natalie Wood, Vogue cover, Tommy Ton (that whole lookbook is awesome)

And I just had to post one of my favorite songs of the 50s...

Stomping grounds

I'm quite literally melting inside. Agyness Deyn strikes again! She's starring with fellow Brit Ash Stymest in the fall campaign for Dr. Martens. You can go ahead and look at the amazing new shoes at their website, but I'm going to focus on the stunning James Dean- inspired photos. I believe I've found my trajectory for fall...


¡DIY Extravaganza!

Finally! I've had the chance to complete some of the DIY projects I've had in the works! The first is this black sweater with a skull cutout in the back.

I realize they're all over the place, but it's just incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is draw out your design on the back in chalk and snip. DON'T make the same mistake I did and use a knit (which I got from Salvation Army for a dollar, by the way). If you cut it too thin it'll unravel and you'll have to sew it back together. If you do use a knit, get Fray Check. It's a life saver!
That there is also today's outfit. I was a little wary about wearing black in the middle of summer, but I concluded that wearing cutouts was skanky enough for Los Angeles and some awesome ventilation. PLUS I got some new leopard print shorts, continuing my love affair,

and this beautiful new clip/pin.

I also got this ear cuff from ModCloth and despite the fact I've only had it for a week or so, I can't stop wearing it! I receive compliments every time, it's just so unique.

Next is this cropped blouse, the tutorial for which can be found here.



The second shots are directly after my gig with my band at the Cobalt in July (which was stupendous, by the way). The collar is definitely my favorite part, but I have an unnatural predilection for them anyway.

That seems to be it for now, but I will definitely have more for you soon. And London is just two weeks away...

Continue having a bangin' summer.


Album of the Month: August 2011

Without You I'm Nothing

This is hands-down one of my favorite albums of all time. In fact, it's probably my favorite album. It's raw, subversive, and highly emotional. And oh so 90s! It kills me! I would classify this as glam grunge of the highest caliber. The lyrics are raunchy and unbridled, the riffs distorted. Placebo's image also contributes to the feel of all their albums. The band is known for their androgynous look and style, with lead singer Brian Molko being bisexual and bassist Stefan Olsdal being gay. However, the album itself is simple at its roots. There are no crazy guitar solos, no yodeling, no brouhaha. It's a personal album calling out to the listener to feel the pain and longing in Brain Molko's voice. That doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom; there are some insane rockers like Every You Every Me, You Don't are About Us, Scared of Girls, and Brick Shithouse. The real jewels are Pure Morning and the title track. The first has an awesome rhythm and plays with dynamics, the second is probably Molko's best vocal on the album. There's so much angst in his voice, you can't help but worry. In short, this album isn't for everyone but it spoke to an entire generation.
Favorite Songs: Pure Morning, You Don't Care About Us, Without You I'm Nothing, Every You Every Me, My Sweet Prince, Scared of Girls







This is just too cool too handle. I'm not even kidding ,this is completely genius.




Ahhh, Couture Week. It warms my heart. The first shot is cheeky and the perfect example of what I want my hair to look like. All the others just make me smile.

(Tommy Ton for style.com)