Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: Dream Sequence

Hauntingly beautiful and slightly spooky. I love this W Magazine editorial in the October issue called Dream Sequence.
I now want to wear long gowns and have woodland animals as pets.
Photographed by Paolo Roversi. Styled by Alex White.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Sonia Rykiel Spring 2010

I'm a big fan of Sonia Rykiel and her Spring 2010 RTW collection shown earlier this month did not disappoint. Always with a retro sensibility, Sonia showed a mix bag this season with influences from the 30's, 40's, 70's disco, 70's doing 40's, and 80's for a good time feel (note the smiling models!). In case that's confusing, let's just have a look. Here are some of my favorites, for the complete collection take a look at

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

Thrifty Chic

Edited by Retro Chick

There’s a thrifty feel abound in this weeks Links á la Mode. Maybe we’re all saving money for Christmas, or perhaps we’re all those recessionistas I hear so much about. Oranges and Apples spends a week living out of a capsule wardrobe to prove it can be done, Further Ado tells us why “Investment Dressing” is just another way that Fashion Magazines try and part us from our cash, Style Symmetry shows us 3 ways to work the same plaid blazer and Fashion is my Crush saves money by making her own studded vest (that’s a waistcoat if you’re British…)

As the end of October creeps closer and the nights draw in this weeks Links á la Mode also, inevitably, includes some Halloween inspiration from The New Wave and Style Amor along with the usual amazing mix of give-aways, interviews and reviews that we’ve come to expect.

Of course, if you need more tips and tricks remember to check out all the submissions for this week in the Links á la Mode thread.

Links à la Mode : October 22nd

  • A Typical Atypical – Make me a… 1940’s wartime woman

  • Awakened Aesthetic – Men need sexy shoes too! Awakened Aesthetic searches for the best men’s dress shoes…and all of them are vegan.

  • Bobbins and Bombshells – Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes. A modern Hitchcock Blonde with a guitar.

  • Fashion in my eyes – Revlon fantasy eyelashes review and giveaway

  • Fashion is My Crush – DIY Embellished Vest: make your own hardware strewn vest with some beads, studs & chains.

  • Fasshonaburu – Alyssa & Vyque go to the local Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out

  • ferOHHHsh – Blatant Designer Knockoffs- Not just in the back of vans anymore.

  • Further Ado – Investment dressing – is it a real investment, or another women’s magazine catch-phrase used to encourage us to buy, buy, buy?

  • Idiosyncratic Style – Q & A with amazing photographer Dana Brushette

  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS – Emily Howse A look at an up-and-coming fashion graduate with a taste for ethical production, architectural inspired pieces, and plenty of ruffles.

  • Little Miss Makeup – Brown is the new gray! Learn how to do a smoky eye for daytime.

  • Oranges and Apples – The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Roundup and Reflections

  • Prom Mafia – 80s Done Right: How to Rock the 80s Fashion Trend

  • Retro Chick – Win an organic cotton jumper, worth £70 from Urban Buzz

  • slsvgg Fashion – Lily Allen’s jewellery line has finally been released in Selfridges

  • Style Amor – Need Costume inspiration with a bad ass fashionable twist?

  • Style Symmetry – Three Ways to Wear a Plaid Blazer This Season!

  • Styletastic – A roundup of SS2010 runway shoes – what will we all be wanting to wear on our feet next summer? (Or not as the case may be)

  • The Coveted – Behind the Scenes at Christian Francis Roth

  • The New Wave – DIY Halloween inspiration from the S/S 2010 runway shows

  • The Working Wardrobe – Something to Remember: Your Work Attire Not Only Represents You, It Represents Your Workplace. Think Before You Dress.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: Karen Elson for Lula Magazine

Lula Magazine is an inspiration in itself. I especially love this editorial with model Karen Elson in the Fall/Winter '09 issue. I love her hair and make-up in these shots. I must practice my curls!
Shot by Catherine Servel.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Magazine Racks

Besides Vanity Fair, I haven't subscribed to fashion magazines for years. Lately I've decided to return to the printed magazine world. I renewed my VF subscription and tacked on a subscription to Vogue, Elle, and W. While I anxiously await for their arrivals, I know I'm going to need room to store them in my tiny place. For this week's Etsy vintage finds I have found a mid-century solution: magazine racks!

Hollywood Regency Gold Gilt Folding Magazine Rack Holder-$48- fabulousmess

Mid Century Modern Age Industrial Black Metal Magazine Rack-$24-modbots

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes

I fell in love with The Raveonettes with the release of their first album in 2002, Whip It On. Mixing 1950's rock 'n roll, 60's garage, a strong Jesus and Mary Chain influence, and a dark film noir cinematic sound had me enthralled. Six years later I'm still intrigued and will be seeing them perform for the third time tonight!! Sharin Foo, the bassist/vocalist, has become one of the coolest ladies in rock without even trying. I love her vintage style. A modern Hitchcock Blonde with a guitar.

Photo above courtesy of

Friday, October 16, 2009

Weekend Reading: Links a la Mode

Ethics and Morality in Fashion City

Edited by Ashe Mischief

This week’s Links á la Mode covers the gambit in regards to the ethical and moral questions surrounding fashion right now…. we have Confessions of a Fashion Editor’s take on fashion blogging & paid posts, and Oranges and Apples reports on a German magazine’s ban of professional models. threadbared talks about Lara Stone, French Vogue, and the controversial use of blackface in recent issue, while Hong Kong Fashion Geek revisits the argument about fashion, price discrimination, and designer knock-offs as Alexander McQueen sues Steve Madden.

As usual, there was a spectacular round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of checking out!

Links à la Mode : October 15th

  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Morality, the law, and fashion blogging

  • Denimaniac: – Best Denim Shops Q&A with LA’s Mister Freedom

  • dramatis personae – Costumes from Holidays Past…

  • ferOHHHsh: – Champagne from a shoe?? J’Taime Le Rituel!

  • From Betsy With Love – Bringing some Lynchian Style to the Web!

  • Grit and Glamour – Manscaping 101: Guys should groom, not preen. A little chest hair never hurt (but a shaved chest does).

  • Hong Kong Fashion Geek – What’s the harm in Steve Madden doing an Alexander McQueen knockoff? Is it really sue-worthy?

  • idiosyncratic style: – Idiosyncratic Style: Dare to put your legs center stage this season.

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Poll : How do you feel about Sponsored Posts?

  • Large Black Diary: – Austie has a beautiful collection of hair accessories

  • Oranges and Apples: – German magazines bans professional models – an in-depth disussion

  • Prom Mafia – Betsey Johnson does DC.

  • Rags to Reverie: – Five tips for shopping at an American Apparel Flea Market

  • Retro Chick – Lusious Lingerie: Vintage Style from Fred & Ginger

  • sweetarchivia: – Review of Man Shops Globe event held at the San Francisco Anthropologie store

  • The Art of Accessories: – The Art of Accessories shows you how to accessorize your winter wardrobe with tights.

  • THE COVETED – SPUN Around: Integrating organic basics in your wardrobe.

  • The Curvy Fashionista – The Business of Plus Size Fashion: Blogger turned boutique owner Marie Denee discusses the growth of plus size fashion.

  • The Working Wardrobe – Virtual Dress Code: How Professionalism is Working its Way into the Avatar Wardrobe

  • the3st: – The First EVER Philadelphia Fashion Week is this week. Interview with the directors of the week:

  • threadbared: – We react to the recent Lara Stone editorial in French Vogue in “Blackface, and the Violence of Revulsion.”

  • mode.ulation: – Mode-ulation is back from hiatus..we bring you a quick glance through Paris fashion week with the cutest trend – the updated toga.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Dior S/S 2010

I nearly died when I saw the Christian Dior Spring 2010 RTW collection shown in Paris earlier this month. Inspired by my favorite loves... film noir, lingerie, and femme fatales... you can see why! Galliano was specifically inspired by Lauren Bacall (image above) and it showed on the runway where the models wore Bacall hair and a serious face. Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: Mint Siren

Vintage and modern lingerie have always been a huge inspiration for me and always will be. I get really excited when a lingerie line like Mint Siren appears. Discovered on Twitter, their retro inspired items are the right mix of sweet and naughty. Items are available in their web shop and hopefully will be available stateside soon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show Pics

Last Friday I went to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and it was a blast. As always it was filled with inspiring and drool worthy vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, textiles....if only I had more spending money! Here are some pics from the show:

Great displays, including bears watching over the shoppers at one booth!

A darling dress!

My friends, Emily Caretti and Gina Michele, from Tea Street Vintage .
I love that "Jean" romper!

Shoes, shoes, shoes!!

Lovely vintage slips displayed at Norma's Vintage where I bought a pair of white crochet gloves!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekend Events and Links a la Mode

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is this weekend (Friday & Saturday)! It's always a lot of fun and filled with gorgeous vintage temptation! I will be there this afternoon and sharing photos later this weekend. I've also got a lot of independent fashion blogging to catch up on! Here are this week's Links A La Mode!

Fashion Roller-coaster

Edited by Jennine

Wow… we’ve got an interesting bunch this week… word from fashion weeks has put us on a roller coaster from the creepy toenails on Shoe Daydreams to the stunning Alexander McQueen on ferOHHHsh, a much needed shopping bill of rights ondramatis personaeand Bay Area Style File wonders why cigarette cases are marketed to teens at Urban Outfitters. We’ve also got some new faces in our round up including one of my favorite French blogs, Morning by Foley whose beautiful photography reminds me how sweet fashion really is.

Links à la Mode : October 8th

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fashionable History: Irving Penn

Last Wednesday, famed fashion photographer, Irving Penn died at the age of 92. Be sure to read the The New York Times wonderful obit. on the legend. Here are a few of his early fashion photographs from the 50's. Elegant and classy.