Wednesday, March 31, 2010

chez conner

I can't write an introduction to this; there's no way I can live up to its greatness. A website offering FASHION HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVERY SINGLE EPISODE OF ROSEANNE

found here.


Aha. I think I've figured out whose style the character from The Pain and the Great One reminds me of.

Her name is Marina Munoz, and she is a stylist.

pictures of Marina by:
one and two: turned out
six: stylecaster

The Pain and the Great One illustrations by Irene Trivas

breezy button downs

Jenny and Jeana both posted beautiful new Steven Alan goods on their blogs today. I, too, am in the mood for a breezy button-down. 

Wish they cost $45 and were still available in my size, though.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

rainy day noah baumbach

It got so cold here in new york. Last weekend was all pastel colors, open windows, and ice cream trucks roaming the streets. This weekend it's fingerless gloves, knit cap, two zip hoodies. Today I think I'll embrace the gray fog and go see a movie. I'd really like to see this:

But the film is pretty depressing, don’t you think? Did you feel depressed making it? You can tell us. 
No, not at all. I had the best time of all on set making this one! I see the movie as hopeful. I understand what you’re saying. I’m interested in a cinematic world where the pain and humor exist simultaneously, though, rather than, I suppose, a comedy that takes a “time out” to have a “serious moment.”  -- from New York Magazine 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

the pain and the great one

I was visiting my mom's house a few weeks ago, helping her clean out the basement. I hadn't seen this book in decades. When I started leafing through, I thought, this girl is really working those layers. And that cowboy hat. She looks she could be an American stylist seen every once in a while on Garance Dore
Illustrations by Irene Trivas

practice your pose of alluring standoffishness daily

umbrella for unpredictable fashion week weather; vintage oxfords

don't forget your portfolio - you never know whom you'll run into

making an important call to Scott Schuman

Canon SLR in the backpack

and, unbelievably, I wore a really similar outfit last fall... 

Monday, March 22, 2010

i bought them!

originally uploaded by our secret is slang.
these are my style to a t, but you know what made me drop everything and log on to etsy to buy them immediately? the movie bright star. there was one scene with a lot of soft blue colors and small floral prints that reminded me so strongly of these...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

american and german classics

LL Bean's side project, LL Bean Signature,  just launched. It seems every classic American brand is launching a side brand to appeal to a younger generation. 

I do love these cropped, faded jeans.

and this little canvas bag.

G.H. Bass & Co. also has some great new styles, too, and they're all really affordable.


I still love their classic Sunjuns...

My other favorite summer sandals come from a German company, Worishofer

Perforated of the best design innovations, ever.

Monday, March 15, 2010

bright star

Bright Star, by Jane Campion. So beautiful, with amazing photography, costumes, textiles and sets... 

cinematography: Greig Fraser
costume and production design: Janet Patterson
set decorator: Charlotte Watts

Saturday, March 13, 2010

rhythm and blues

One of the many reasons I love Joanna Newsom's music is her sense of rhythm.* The moments in her songs when one rhythm shifts into another are almost embarrassingly exciting to me. 

One evening last week I was flipping through the 7 channels we get on TV and came across a documentary about ballet students learning flamenco. I caught it at the moment they were learning how to clap out rhythms complementary to the ones laid down by the rest of the group. Not only that, but the students were wearing early '80s headbands, purple leotards, crisp blue jeans, and character shoes. '80s fashion heaven.

I tracked the documentary down & you can watch it all online.
It's called Flamenco at 5:15, by Cynthia Scott.

*more about Joanna's harp technique here

Friday, March 5, 2010

the next round

Whenever Joanna Newsom puts out a new record, I lose a bit of sleep. I never set out to obsessively listen over and over again, but I end up doing just that, dumbstruck, hypnotized, blown away. I wake up with the songs running through my head, a new one each day.

I don't have the musical knowledge to critique her new album formally, but I will say that album at times sounds to me like: ''70s," and then "piano man," "jazz hands," "brass band," and "steppin' out." There's a bluesy '70s rock thing that's totally new.

The cover image reminds me very much of old Biba ads...and the themes of decadence and debauchery, and stepping out of one's shell into a more social party circuit seem to go along with the Biba images, too.

I've been scrappin' together images that the album reminds me of.  Free association time!
reminds me of...

sources: one, two, three, four, five

Joanna, by Annabel Mehran

it also reminds me of midnight blue starry city skyline NIGHTTIME

(scary, but promising the unknown pleasures of adulthood)

(heavily made-up, choreographed, jazz hands)


 > > > bag 1, bag 2, sweater, bag 3, belt, bag 4, bag 5 < < <
(handicrafts gone disco)

> > > etsy < < <
(that's the clear breeze on a porch on a hillside near the California coast)


(well-intentioned funk)

and MOCIUN 'Caravan' FABRIC
> > > pillow, dress < < <

Joanna, by Annabel Mehran

That's quite a grab bag of stuff. 
There are also moments of really gorgeous, pure sound. And when it gets more funky, she somehow weaves leather patchwork bags, Dr. Teeth, Biba, and terrifying '80s Mac Tonight into a really incredible tales of love, desire, fear and doubt.

ps: this interview is amazing.