One year ago, my grandmother passed away.
Looking at photos of myself with my short blonde hair, I realized I resemble her, or what she looked like when her hair was completely white. Here's a photo from several years ago of me with my grandmother:
And a photo of my blonde hair from a couple of weeks ago:
It wasn't very often that I saw her, and rarely for very long, and since she had problems speaking because of her strokes for as long as I knew her, I never really felt like I was able to develop a deep relationship with her. However, I experienced her love, and even more, this aching longing to see her son, my father. I'm not sure I can say that I miss her but I do feel a sense of loss, and I dread the day that I bury my own parents, or really, any other loved one. At any rate, rest in peace.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My friend Emily started The Fashion Truck last year, and was in New York for an event with Racked.com yesterday, so I finally got to check it out. It's basically what the name implies -- a retail outlet on wheels.
There is a more extensive post with pictures of the interior on my friend Michelle's Untapped blog -- check it out!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
It used to be that Style.com only featured a select few designers on their site, but now their list of designers is quite extensive. As a result, this is the first season in a while where I can say that I've viewed nearly all the shows posted on the site, so I've decided to post some of my favorite looks. For some reason, Blogger adds photos to the top of your post instead of the end, so these are in reverse alphabetical order.
I love the way the black bra peeks out. And Joan Smalls is smoking.
I can't say this collection got my panties in a twist, but I love these pants (though not the color).
I'm ordinarily not that into BCBG, but they nailed the colorblocking this season.
I'm liking what Olivier Rousteling is doing at Balmain. I love the baroque top with the rock and roll leather pants.
Ah, Balenciaga. How I love you so. This was probably one of the most commercial looks in the collection.
Not super wearable, but beautiful details on the bodice.
Thought this maxi skirt was really cool, along with how the super skinny belt goes under the flaps.
Loved the print on these pants.
Sheer skirts -- might not be practical but looks cool.
I liked how he mixed prints. Joseph, I just thought you were a pretty face but I'm picking up what you're putting down.
Lim's clothes often bore me in their super-wearability, but these colors are so gorgeous.
|BCBG Max Azria|
|Ann-Sofie Back Atelje|
|Anne Valerie Hash|
|3.1 Phillip Lim|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
A while ago I rewatched Seamless, a fashion documentary by Douglas Keeve. Unfortunately, I can't find a trailer on the internets, but it's viewable on NetFlix. Keeve also made the fashion documentary Unzipped, on Isaac Mizrahi in his heyday. (It's a bit frightening how quickly designers can go from hot to lukewarm).
The documentary covers the first CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, focusing mainly on nominated designers Proenza Schouler, Doori Chung, and Alexander Plokhov of the now defunct label Cloak. (Plokhov recently launched his eponymous label after designing for several seasons for the Versace Homme label).
The film was made while I was working at Proenza; I make a brief cameo in the film where the production manager Weronika and I were quality checking in the background while Keeve was filming the designers. Proenza Schouler ended up ultimately winning the award, and I felt a little nostalgic watching the film, remembering working in the Chinatown loft and the process of filming, getting the text from Weronika when she found out we had won.
Despite the lackluster rating on IMDb, I think the film is worth watching as a designer. It highlights how difficult it is to make it in this business. It was also interesting to see what had happened to the labels that were included in the documentary. Proenza Schouler, although still a darling in the fashion industry, seems to still have difficulty actually turning a profit, despite its steady expansion. I was told recently that Doori is funded by an Indian backer (and is likely to see a bump in her sales since MObama recently wore this gown):
Cloak shuttered in 2007 and as I mentioned, Plokhov ended up at Versace before making his recent comeback.
Also included was the denim label, Habitual. Several months ago, I interviewed with Michael and Nicole Colovos, who founded Habitual, but have since moved on to be the creative directors at the new Helmut Lang, now owned by Theory, and minus the designer himself.
At one point in the documentary, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn says that it takes twenty years to establish a successful fashion label, and that quote really struck me. She goes on to say that when a designer makes it though, they make it big, and then they show footage of Valentino's ridiculous palatial digs. I'm not sure how easy it is to establish that sort of fashion empire any more given the current state of the economy, although Alexander Wang seems to be on his way there. But it takes time to establish a brand and get to a point where your sales are big enough to offset the expenses incurred in building an iconic brand.