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The Lipstick Page Forums Fashion Blog: November 2006
Posted by Dain, Sunday, November 26, 2006 7:19 PM (Eastern)
I actually have nothing against coke and coke addicts. But I think the cult of personality that has accumulated around Kate Moss is starting to... it's ridiculous. Rescind my membership to the Kate Moss fan club.
Now, I thought Kate Moss was a fashion icon too...
Posted by Dain, 6:44 PM (Eastern)
But this is ridiculous. I don't care if she's too cool to "give a fuck", I don't care if this is "fashion"... this is some tiny, coked out woman jumping around with her top off. That is not an intelligent lifestyle choice.
What are we celebrating here? Ignorance? Lack of conscience? Cool.
And as for her being a style setter? For God's sake, she's responsible for SKINNY jeans, wellies as everyday wear, and LEGGINGS. The woman clearly inspires trends. That is a given. But that does not mean these look good—on anyone but her.
Oh, what does it matter?
They're going to remember her as a post-millenial Marilyn Munroe. Except that one was celebrated for her figure, her smile, and her seductive sweetness, while the other is celebrated for possessing... the exact opposites. Lookswise, they haven't much in common, except for a carefully trimmed coif of blonde hair and a predilection for animal prints. Oh, and they look out at you with half-closed eyes. Marilyn, I think, is trying to express lust, and Moss? Dare I say it? Her eyes are half-closed from too much blow.
Posted by Dain, 2:40 AM (Eastern)
I got the 90th anniversary issue of British Vogue today. $9.99. It is a waste of money. A rushed pictoral history, it looks like someone sat down and ate an archive and vomit all over the pages. WORST: the editorial "Magical History Tour". Combines two most nauseating trends at present: fashion looking back on itself (self-referential tailoring is getting out of hand) and, and... layering. With priceless antique clothing!!!!
I am telling you, layering is not a good look. Stay away from black leggings.
It is kind of a treasure hunt, though. I like that. But it is ugly, and really tasteless.
Resort: Part 1
Posted by Dain, Saturday, November 25, 2006 1:11 AM (Eastern)
I'm craving a bit of an update—looking forward to spring (yes, already!). Would that I were going to some place peaceful and warm. But sometimes a little commodity fetishism (it must be admitted) is just the ticket out, albeit a virtual one. For that matter, these clothes are virtual.
The inspiration for this look.
How to dress around a beige (the color for spring) skirt. I generally work around a bottom as a "foundation" to building a wardrobe. It's the item you most consistently wear over a season. I try to choose something that, (1) is very, very flattering on my body, (2) stands up to everyday wear and tear, and finally (3) is neutral, almost plain, so it goes with absolutely everything.
Posted by Dain, Sunday, November 19, 2006 8:17 PM (Eastern)
It's vacation, and I'm gonna be working very hard, so I will not see y'all till the end of the week. (Save November's Beauty Scrapbook.) So I leave you with this to ponder, speaking of exquisite dresses. These two are from Alexander McQueen, I think FALL 2006. Happy Thanksgiving!
Alexander McQueen Embroidered Tulle Gown $8,280
Alexander McQueen Embellished velvet dress $2,195
And that, by the way...
Posted by Dain, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 1:44 AM (Eastern)
Is the first and last time I will write "*dies*" on this blog. But it was the word that best suit at that moment.
Posted by Dain, 12:13 AM (Eastern)
I hate layering. You know, leggings, complicated dress, tunics, tailored jackets, whatever, all on top of each other. I don't care if you do it in neutrals. It looks stupid. I hate to see it whenever I flip through glossies (Lucky in particular reeks with too much layering. What is happening to this magazine? It's going downhill. Whatever happened to the Consumer's Digest of fashion? Now it's, vanity fair.). It's too multidimensionally significant. Too "interesting", rather than attractive. Clothes should look good, first and foremost.
The trends I prefer:
1. Dresses that are interesting, not readily identifiable, and fit to perfection... that, I think, is a trend to yield clothes that will last you a lifetime. Because really, when will you ever hate a beautiful dress? Yes, they're more expensive than tops, but the amount of real wear you get out of them is far greater. Might as well snap some up while it's the fashion to design beautiful, well made, and interesting clothes.
2. Pristine, well-cut basics. This, I think, is an emerging trend. One that hasn't really shown its face yet. It's time. Yeah, $300 jeans are ridiculous, but these trends filter down from the top. GAP makes precision cut jeans, Express makes editor pants... and now tees and shirts are getting the treatment. What next? Sweaters are coming. A mania for precise, handcrafted artisanal sweaters.
Things I'm not sure about:
1. Organic jewelry? But then, my taste is to the baroque. I don't know that I want gold and jewels to look as if they grew on me. And yet, to look at, they are, very pretty.
2. Really, I don't like the shoe trends. Architectural? Please. There are two shoes I'm contemplating this season, it's just that boring to me:
Doc Martens: I revere Christian Louboutin, but the ubiquity repels me. Before, Louboutin was something like a fledgling Roger Vivier without feathers (no pun intended). Now? It's like Louis Vuitton: common but expensive, beautifully made but still! common. (Is this elitist of me? Or fair to demand of an artist? Cobblers, presumably, artists.) I don't know, perhaps it is too much to say at once. All I know is a part of me is a little sick of seeing that red heel. The antidote? These.
I do, sometimes, just love Louboutin, though:
What am I craving? Rich, rich, colors: just a little "off" from true colors. Both Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 are playing off very neutral palettes, so I want, actually, the most intense color I can find. I suppose the makeup trends are bright enough? E.g. Instead of cobalt blue, you have this quasi-violet-toned ultramarine, in lush suede:
One Big Trend: An Analysis
Neutral, neutral colored accessories, in rich skins (or plastic, as the case may be), a parade of shoes, and bags. Wear with sharp, tailored clothing:
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Posted by Dain, Tuesday, November 14, 2006 5:49 PM (Eastern)
Bauble o' the month...
Posted by Dain, Monday, November 13, 2006 3:13 PM (Eastern)
I'm thinking of treating myself to one piece of jewelry per month. As my clothes, soon enough, will be very plain, I like the idea of throwing something extravagant and ornate into the mix.
I want all of them! But just one. It's funny that I chose a pair of earrings. I don't even have pierced ears! I'm really not one to wear jewelry. I thought it was about time to start.
Found! Banana Republic Wool Shawl Collar Cardigan $108
Posted by Dain, Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:17 PM (Eastern)
Updated thoughts and thoughtful updates
Posted by Dain, Wednesday, November 08, 2006 2:54 PM (Eastern)
I've been trying to get away from the mentality that I need more clothes than I functionally need. It is much harder than I thought.
First, it's all fine to speak of fashion as commodity fetishism, artistry in fashion, and fashion as a social expression. All of these things, our site is devoted to. This is not the suggestion that anyone ever wear anything unflattering simply to make a statement. I just don't see the need to buy everything that Lucky or Vogue suggests I buy. And, I've never really explored basics. I've never so much as owned a white t-shirt.
Still, it's hard. I'm used to very complicated clothes, one way or another. It's no coincidence that the first thing I chose was this henley from Urban Outfitters:
Hmm... so maybe my strategy might be to buy a handful of interesting tees? After about a day to two days, it starts to get dirty. So I should have at least eight or so. Trouble is, "interesting tees" is a category like "interesting flats", always open. I'm only going to buy ones that look just right, however. And they'll all be very different from each other.
I really haven't found a sweater/jacket/sweatshirt layer that is "just right" yet. It's hard to say without wearing any.
Adam + Eve $295. Grey is neutral, this must be supersoft, molds to the body good. I like how it's kind of grandpa-ish, but sleek. I have grey pants. Wish this were in... what color? White? Lilac? Something that brightens my face.
Hmm... this is very clean, sculptured, ladylike. It's basic, but clearly made with love. Hard to say, really, until you try it on, but I do know that high cinched waists always flatter me. I almost want to say it's too much, though?
It seems I'm not the only one who is craving a more basic palette. Just got a new issue of Vogue today and what do I see? A countdown of the most luxe basics (See by Chloé pants, shirts by Nili Lotan, Trovata, Brooks Brothers, Pink and Steven Alan, knits from Alexander Wang, Adam+Eve, and even J. Crew, tees from Neal Sperling and Splendid, and the T. Anthony tote. I kind of want them all. In addition, there are articles on Katayone Adeli (the pantsmaster is back!) and the Olsens' new line of hyperluxe tees, The Row.
Staying ahead of the pack...
Posted by Dain, Monday, November 06, 2006 7:07 PM (Eastern)
In high school, I used to call my style "boho chic", long before it became common parlance. I wore everything embellished/laced/embroidered/beaded in any combination of colors. I kept it fairly simple otherwise, though, I always wore these flashy tops with a pair of olive khakis. I lived and breathed the Anthropologie catalog. Nobody wore clothes like me. Nobody wanted to. Then, the boho thing became huge. HUGE. Suddenly, everyone looked like me.
So I went to... Banana Republic and J. Crew and Club Monaco. Found tailored things: beautiful buttondowns, crisp lightweight sweaters, pumps, skirts both a-line and pencil. I started, you know, dressing like a grownup. And now, the tailored, polished look is in. Consider: Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, YSL Rive Gauche.
So what am I going to do? Another direction?
I've been thinking. As women, how much of our time is spent worrying about what to wear, when to wear it, what to wear it with, and how often to wear it? How often do I flip through the pages of Lucky and think, "Yes, I really ought to try a cream blazer with a floral blouse."? I wonder how much more liberating it is to be a boy, uncaring whether he wears the same clothes day in, day out. Surely that frees up a lot of brain space, and a lot of wallet space.
This is my new project. Casual, functional, comfortable clothing. The stuff that other people wear. But I still want to be pretty. That's the condition.
Where to start? A pair of trousers. I usually only wear two pairs at a time, and one of them will be a pair of jeans, which I already have. Mine are dark blue low-rise flares (Blue Cult), which are probably the most versatile iteration. But I'm not one for jeans, in all honesty. I prefer a pair of pants, and I think mine are J. Crew (they make good chinos, they look good but at $58 you're not afraid to let them wear):
I bought a henley from Urban Outfitters the other day. It's a henley, so it's comfortable, casual, functional... warm. It's great for layering. But this one is in such a psychedelic Pucci-esque print(white/blue/pink/green/yellow) of hearts and stars that it's full of personality. I've always maintained that if the fit is right, it looks expensive, no matter how low key it is otherwise.
And what to wear over it? Maybe this hoodie? It matches everything (being white), it's pretty (white lights up my skin) and soft and warm. It's more luxe than a sweatshirt.
Let's see... that's a tee, a sweater, and pants. A pair of shoes... these are as functional as you can imagine, classic Doc Martens in brown. I could get those skull Chucks, though.
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