Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
My roommate and I are simultaneously procrastinating the completion of a certain writing assignment. During the putting-off of said assignment, the following text conversation took place:
Erika: The temps went below 50 last night. The (f)uggs are out in full force.
Myself: Ugg. Literally.
E: There's nothing I enjoy more than that period of time when its assumed that flip flops or uggs are both footwear options in the morning.
M: I think maybe tomorrow I will sport one of each on either foot. Just for you.
E: I would actually die. Of pure happiness. And make sure you were selected for fashion on the street, symbolically summoning to all: FALL means FLATS.
and there you have it. Re-think your footwear, ladies, because Erika's out to get you.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The whirlwind of the G-20 has come and gone, leaving Pittsburgh behind with a little more media attention than usual and some smashed windows. I must say, I'm sad to see the event come to an end. It was a welcome change of pace and I was getting used to having the SWAT team flood campus everyday.
How did this global meeting affect the fashion industry? Well, as for Pittsburgh stores, check out these pictures I took in the Shadyside neighborhood:
Corporate chains had to board up all their windows (on the left is J.Crew and Victoria Secret is on the right) to avoid brick-hurling, anti-capitalism protestors.Instead of boarding up, family owned stores protected themselves by advertising their independent status. Bragging about organic fabrics and local designers was popular, too.
Residents who work downtown (where the convention center is located) were advised to dress down to avoid the attention of anti-corporate protestors.
As for Michelle, she looked as radiant as ever.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I'd like to wish a happy 75th to one Brigitte Bardot. I'm a little early, her birthday isn't actually until Monday.
Thanks for inspiring me to tease my hair, doll!
Speaking of style icons, since you know I'm obsessed with Michelle Obama, I'm going to direct you over to the first lady fashion blog post I did for chickdowntown.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I have a bit of an obsession with finding out what fashion journalists and bloggers actually look like (I'm creepy, ok?) so I practically leaped out of my seat when I read Joe Zee's column this month for Elle.
He photographed a whole bunch of my favorite people, including Amy Odell, editor of The Cut, and Abby Gardner from Fashionista.
Read it and see if your favorite fashion people were featured!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
...it would be an all-expenses paid trip to London.
And I would've left on Thursday night, so I could witness every second of Fashion Week. For LFW's website, they asked designers to name their favorite spots in London. I was reading through them whilst silently weeping and wishing I was still there.
Amanda Whakely said, "Portobello Market on a Friday morning." Aye. That was my favorite thing to do on Friday mornings over the summer. I didn't have class or work, so I'd jump on the tube and patrol the stands for souvenirs and interesting characters.
If I were flying over to London right now, on board with all the Voguettes, this is what I'd wear.
I'm not here to talk to you about Kanye's little tiff with Taylor. (Though, for the record, I don't feel bad for her and I think the whole thing was hilarious. No duh, Beyonce should've won. Who's ever seen the music video for 'Love Story?' But whatever. I digress.)
What I am here to discuss is what the hell is going on with Kanye's scalp? It looks like an alien descended from above, imprinted crop circle-style messages on his head, then whispered in his ear "Do something crazy so everyone in the world sees this." So, if a meteor hits Earth
sometime in the near future, don't say Kanye didn't warn you.
And while we're on the topic of bad hair, Drew, what's wrong with you?! That 7th grade emo kid dye job? I can not even handle those tips. I love you, really, I do. But no.
I saw this car in the King of Prussia mall parking lot over the summer and snapped a picture. (I forgot about it until today, my bad.) The entire thing was painted in a Lilly Pulitzer print. It doesn't really get anymore Main Line than that.
Ever since that little campus anti-fashion compendium I put together a couple weeks ago, I've been getting a stream of tip-offs to people around Pittsburgh who aren't following the rules.
They're pretty entertaining, so I'm going to share some with you.
"Spotted: fashion faux pas" (Note that it was at least 75 degrees outside, rendering that Ugg/legging combination completely unacceptable.)"Ok so this tranny in my ethics class is wearing short white socks, maroon pumps, and a jean skirt. Tee-rashy.""Someone hasn't been reading the pitt news..."
(Plaid and stripes, guilty as charged. Someone's bad idea of Pitt pride at a football game.)
"Today I saw a girl walking around carrying two items by Vera Bradley. They were different patterns. Is that better or worse than if they'd matched? I was so distracted by the misfortune that her backpack was filthy I couldn't make a decision. Thank you."
So consider this the beginning of a new venture, lovingly entitled "What the Eff are They Wearing?"
If you see a fashion crime happening, where ever you are, I want to hear about it. Text me, facebook me, email me, leave a comment. We can't just let these bad things happen.
Labels: what the eff are they wearing
Riddle me this:
The Proenza Schouler model pictured above definitely, totally has leg hair.
The shoes are pretty sweet, though.
Maybe someone should show this chick a clip of that episode of ANTM when Fatima gets yelled at for showing up to set "ungroomed."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1. Everything about this look from Organic by John Patrick: the hair, the red lipstick, the strong shoulders, the voluminous leather skirt. Could this BE any more in?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
So Ashton is at it again, producing another show with 'beauty' in the title. This time, it's a behind the scenes look at the modeling world. I'm always gunning for more shows that look at the fashion industry since, you know, that's what I'm into. Not to mention I'm really championing a Mischa Barton revival. So I'm watching the premier and taking notes:
- They would use that song from 'The Devil Wears Prada' in the beginning segment. Wishful thinking much?
- That shot of Mischa Barton gazing out the window of her limo? Uh, definitely the same as our first look of Serena in the 'Gossip Girl' pilot. You know, when she's staring out the window of the train?
- Is it just me, or does all this name dropping just sound...clumsy? Is this show actually just a big branding opportunity for the fashion industry?
- I'm 20 minutes in and literally can't watch this anymore.
- This show is so getting canceled after three episodes. Nice try, Ashton. Again.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I saw this picture of ultimate cool girl Leigh Lezark on the Elle News Blog and fell completely head-over-heels in love with her bag. I'm a total sucker for anything studded, so I did a little research on the designer, Be&D. The Brooklyn-based duo launched their line in 2004 and have been churning out luxurious leather goods ever since.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I just returned home from a South Oakland bar crawl (you guys can read all about it in the joint column I did with my editor on Friday in The Pitt News Dining Guide) to find that Patrick Swayze had died.
Rest in peace, Patrick, and may your iconic black wife beater live on for ever.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Dear Band of Outsiders,
If you happen to have a spare copy of this ensemble lying around amongst your post-Fashion Week mess, please allow me the arduous task of taking it off your hands. I promise to take good care of it, wearing it for as long as Pittsburgh autumns' allow. I've always been a fan of your preppy-with-an-edge aesthetic and I solemnly swear, if you send me this, I'll be a fan forever more.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm love love loving Yvan Rodic's (the guy behind Face Hunter) new self titled blog. I'd even go as far as saying it's better than Face Hunter. There's a wider assortment of photos-- lots of great candid moments and quirky characters. Add it to your bookmarks, pronto, and consider it required viewing.
If you're a student in Pittsburgh this weekend, skedaddle on over to SouthSide Works for their college weekend. Feel free to indulge in a little I-survived-the-first-two-weeks-of-classes treat for yourself. You deserve it.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Because I'm fully obsessed with Anna Wintour today (I'm blaming it on anticipation of Fashion Week and the wide release of The September Issue), I'm directing you over to my bestie's blog for a post about the funniest thing I've ever seen on Etsy. They're finger puppets. Of folks like Marc Jacobs, Christian Siriano, and Vivienne Westwood.
I'm encouraging my friend to buy two, so that someday when she must give her children a finger puppet-aided demonstration of the sex talk, she can do it with Karl and Anna.
Someone over at Gawker got their hands on a copy of Anna Wintour's high school magazine.
What did she write about? Night clubs. Not even kidding.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I'm not really much of a t-shirt buyer, but I absolutely want one of these amazing Garance Dore sketch tees. She's collaborating with Gap for an exhibition that celebrates their 40th anniversary. Check it out at the pop up shop on Carnaby Street during London Fashion Week. As if I needed another reason to wish I was back across the pond.
I have been frantically searching for the perfect pair of flat ankle boots. Something I can wear from now until Pittsburgh's winter makes it impossible to leave the house in anything but rugged snow boots. So far, I haven't found anything that I'm completely smitten with in stores that I can actually afford.
However, I'd be perfectly ok with any of the boots pictured above. So if you're suddenly struck with a wave of generosity, feel free to send a pair over my way.
Every time I see Audra, I can't get over how adorable she is. Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch her in this perfectly on trend floral skirt. (I've been trying to find one myself, but can't seem to get it quite right.) When I asked her where she got it, she exclaimed, "Wet Seal! It was one cent!" Can't beat that. Clearly this girl could write a guide to bargain hunting.
Since I don't want to selfishly keep all the cuteness to myself, meet Audra for yourself:
Audra Kelly, sophomore at Temple
Sported: Coconut Brand Sandals from Marshall's (which I learned later tragically fell apart by the end of the evening), shirt from TJ Maxx, skirt from Wet Seal (for a penny!)
Spotted: At a friend's house on Atwood Street
Said: "When I get up in the morning I basically think about what is going to be comfortable, but at the same time I am not trynna be the person in sweats and a nasty t-shirt! While I do enjoy the occasional trend, I try to find clothes that will be timeless so I don't have to go replacing my wardrobe each season."