Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spring 2012 Roundup - K-L

I like the stripes with polka dots...
Karen Walker
Kimberly Ovitz
Louise Gray
If you thought the lace trend was going away...
Louis Vuitton

Friday, February 24, 2012

SF Food!

This is more of a note for myself, for the next time I visit San Francisco -- some suggestions of places to go by my friend Mary -

Splurge -
Michael Mina

Chinese -
dim sum Koi Palace (Daly City)
Santa Ramen -- actually have never been but heard great things.  Ramen is awesome in SF!
San Tung -- the best Korean/Chinese fried chicken wings in the world.  Caramelized, slightly spicy, and super crisp.

other Asian --

Slanted Door!  If you can't get reservations at the Ferry Building, go to the casual one at the Westfield Mall by Union Square.  The IMperial Spring Rolls are GOOD. (Vietnamese) -- a top 100 restaurant in the country -- Food and Wine, I think, or another foodie mag I jsut read.

Ferry building -- also has a good Mexican place plus Hog Oysters, which are yummy.
If you have time, drive to Pt. Reyes and have fresh caught oysters by the bay at a picnic table -- bring drinks or bread and cheese.  Jon and I did this -- they will sell you a dull oyster knife so you can shuck a bunch yourself.  YUMMY.

and from Horace:
If you venture to Napa, Thomas Keller's French Laundry, Ad hoc or Bouchon are also very delicious. 

Amber India in downtown SF has a great Indian lunch buffet.

Androgynous me

At the end of January, George took some pictures of me on my fire escape, roof, and nearby.  They came out pretty cool, don't you think?

Banana Republic leather jacket, Alternative Apparel tee, Rebecca Minkoff pants

George's "Iron Maiden" jean jacket and sunglasses, gold bustier by me, DKNY jeans

Brr... it was cold.

vintage Dior jacket

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spring 2012 Roundup - H-J

Haider Ackermann
Helmut Lang
Isabel Marant
Issey Miyake
J. Mendel
Jen Kao
John Galliano
Julien Macdonald
Junya Watanabe

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

T Magazine article with brief interview on Isabel Toledo

Several years ago, I was freelancing at Anne Klein when Isabel Toledo was briefly at the helm to design her own high end line.  I got to meet her and her husband, the illustrator Ruben Toledo, whose quirky fashion illustrations made him famous.  I love how collaborative they are, almost like siamese twins.  When she designed things, he would illustrate them.
one of Ruben's illustrations

She has just come out with a new memoir, and in this T magazine article, there is a brief interview.  One excerpt:

You address many topics in the book — how you got your start, how you design clothes — which I imagine younger designers ask you quite a lot.Oh, all the time. And especially, with students, they ask me: “How do I begin?” “How do I start?” “What do I do?” You know, the more you think about it, the less you do it. The earlier you start, the better. And early on mistakes are smaller than later. So I’m always trying to get them to get started. Not to prolong it. “Oh, I’m going to work for this one, I’m going to work for that one.” It’s always an excuse, instead of just going out and sharing their voice, and what they want to say.
 I hope you find that inspiring!

Spring 2012 Roundup - F - G

Francesco Scognamiglio
I love these two looks from Fendi -- the cabling over what I'm guessing is some sort of transparent knit, and in the second image, the spaghetti trim that's been stitched to frame the model's breasts.  Somehow it doesn't look obscene.

Bright colors and pop color zips.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista

Fyodor Podgorny + Golan Frydman, Fashion Fringe

Marques'Almeida/Fashion East
I like the skinny harness over this dress.

Felder Felder
Gucci.  I love the really strong eye and the black/gold/white color combination.

Gareth Pugh
Gary Graham
Gianfranco Ferre

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My favorite models of the moment...

Joan Smalls - I just love looking at her...

Aymeline Valade. Her eyes are haunting and those razor-sharp cheekbones...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring 2012 Roundup - D-E

I know the Fall 2012 shows are already in full-swing, but I wanted to finish this roundup before examining them...
Emanuel Ungaro
Emilio Pucci
Elie Saab
Dries Van Noten
Duro Olowu
David Koma
Daryl K
Danielle Scutt

This color is going to be big this spring.

Derek Lam