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...