I will admit, Forever 21 is an essential for trend fashion and before you crucify me, let me explain why. There are so many fair-weather trends that it’s ridiculous to spend top dollar on them. Neon colors of 2010 fall? Yeah, no way I’m buying a cashmere neon cardigan when I can get one made of acrylic for a fifth of the cost, when we all know I will only where it three times. That being said, Forever 21’s Bat and Cats line pays homage to the best superhero of all time (according to my very educated opinion. I actually prefer Batwoman of the latest DC embodiment, [but not after issue 26 because DC has shamed me,] but she would not exist without Batman!) I can’t get over how inexpensive this stuff is, which is awful because now I feel compelled to by it all. A Batman pencil skirt for less than $15? Great! Now I can buy the Batman PJ onesie as well! Every time I go through a snooty “I only want to by designer pieces because they are classic and last longer” phase, Forever 21 catches me with their oh-so-nonchalant fall novelty runs (ie: Fall 2012 Hello Kitty Line). PLEASE GOD SOMEONE SEND HELP!
How adorable is this? Almost too adorable and slightly leaning towards “Lolita” fashion which I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with. However the cut and style of this dress definitely speaks sophistication with a hint of playfulness. The scalloped edge of the fabric against the black is precious, and almost overlooked. Same as the rose gold exposed back zipper. I envision this is what Wednesday Addams would be seen wearing to the office. I wish it had cap sleeves, but I guess a little cardigan or blazer would make it work for me. Ted Baker, $275.
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Hope it’s a lucky one. 🙂
Now I know that The Blonds just had their newest collection shown a mere two days ago, and though the space-age Bowie-like themed designs is awe-inspiring, it’s Friday the 13th! And I find their collection from last year is just a little more appropriate for today.
Without any exaggeration, I literally just heard of the design team The Blonds yesterday during my lunch break. To be honest, the way they came up was me and a friend were talking about our favorite drag queens, and he mentioned how Phillipe Blond was pretty much the most gorgeous lady he’s ever seen. My ignorance was shortly dissipated as he showed me her Instagram, and in this Instagram feed, designs for the performer Ke$ha were also present. Though the designers were pleasantly embellished and gorgeous, I wasn’t feeling ultra inspired until he mentioned their horror collection from last year. And then I died.
One thing that most people know about me is how much of a Hitchcock fan I am. Most of the pieces in their 2013 horror collection are heavily Hitchcock inspired, and tastefully so! Completely imaginative and brilliant, I am now a follower of this design duo. Their ability to use inspiration into classy and wearable pieces is a godsend, but trust me it’s not very common in their more extravagant collections. And seriously, how do I buy that raincoat?!
Ever want small animal bones accessorized into your wardrobe? This site, Bone Jewelry, has a great collection of pieces that don’t look gaudy or like someone just hot glued their baby teeth to a pendant charm they bought at a craft store. Sure, some might think it’s a little creepy, but to me the idea of keeping a dead thing living on past its mortal coil is pretty romantic. And if you’re worried these animals have been killed for the sole purpose of becoming a badass choker, fear no more: It clearly states in the “About Bone Jewelry” section that all animals met their end by natural causes or were used for food or clothing. No animals died for the sole sake of your vanity,
Uh, so this exists. And it will be available at Disneyland Resort locations starting September 13th (which is a Friday. Can this be any more amazing?!) according to the Disney Parks Blog. I have never had any desire to own a Dooney & Bourke bag, but this creation is absolutely consuming me with desire. I need this in my life. And it’s like a sign from the happy haunts themselves making it available to purchase the week I will be at Disneyland. Meant to be, forever, even after death. Bury me with it, I say!
I have only watched one season of Project Runway in my entire life, and it is purely because of Dmitry. It was season 10, and I was informed to watch it because “one of the guys looks like Trent Reznor”. I’m going to spoil this for you and let you know, in case you’ve never seen him, he doesn’t look that much like Trent Reznor. In fact, he’s much taller, has longer hair and piercing blue eyes and swoon. But that’s besides the point, this guy is one of the most talented designers I’ve ever seen.
I’m straying from the point now because I’ve distracted myself with images of hot guys with longer black hair. Anyway, I was browsing the internet when I was supposed to be doing homework and noticed he has a collection featured on O.Jen available for purchase online! A piece of Dmitry could be worn close against your body, isn’t that to die for? Granted, it won’t be his talented hands draped about your waist, but it would be totally designed by those magical hands!
Oh what, can’t read Russian? No worries, Google Chrome can translate the page for you. Can’t do that either? Apparently it will be released in retailers by now, but most likely only in Europe so, better get to learning Russian or more dresses for me.
I think my heart is set on this piece: It has a bit of a sophisticated Ziggy Stardust feel to me (it also comes in red):
Do I want to be sophisticated fancy with a dash of sexy, or sophisticated sexy with a dash of fancy, I just can’t decide. One, if not seven, will be mine.
i just found these great jeans at Urban Outfitters that are high waisted, ankle length and skinny leg with a very subtle hint of acid wash. This hint gives it a grayish hint of color and is a great use of gray, as I had mentioned previously. The pictures on the website make the acid wash look more prominent than it really is, so I took some photos of my pair in the bathroom for real-life translation:
The slight hint of gray makes them break up solid black outfits while still keeping the outfit dark. They are super comfortable, but they do stretch out. You might want to size down, especially if you’re small waisted. And as of right now, they are on sale. If you live in SF, the closest location is the one on Powell and Ellis, across the street from Macy’s Downtown.
Ah yes, gray as a neutral. Love it. The black/white contrast is just too drastic, but gray instead? Solid. A big, comfy gray cashmere (or acrylic for vegans) sweater with some black leggings is where my mind first goes, but there are numerous style options to lighten up the dark abyss that is a solid black wardrobe:
One of my favorite uses of gray is to make a rather dramatic evening outfit more daytime or casual. For example, a gray scarf with a black dress. There is this myth that to be goth you should only wear black, but I refuse this theory. Yes, the dark and macabre are enticing to us, but living in complete black isn’t the only way to express yourself as sinister and mysterious. Some examples:
Also, that whole “graphic tee under an open cardi with jeans” that Robert’s got going on is pretty much my casual state of being.
The reports back from Fashion Week in NY have been heard loud and clear this month, and I’m actually very excited about the trends. I’m usually more of a classic-style girl: lots of basic and structured dresses that don’t really ever go out of style. The announced styles and trends this coming season are actual ones I already follow. I will go into each trend separately and offer some insight on how to follow trends while still being dark and mysterious. I would like to state for the record that I don’t follow fashion advice from designers. I strictly follow what looks good on me and what I feel comfortable in. I suggest you do the same, but in case you were wanting to incorporate both, read on.
The first one I will cover is leather. Now, if you’re a vegan, there are options! I own this one by French Connection and it’s completely pleather. I get so many compliments on it, and the best part is how easy it is to clean! You seriously just take a damp cloth and wipe!
Now if you don’t mind dead animals, might I suggest this awesome wool/leather blend by All Saints? That cowl neck is just great for the brisk winter that is coming.
Some more leather ideas (love the collars and boots that coincide with the trend):